The Red Violin



Date: March 27, 2020

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: Hoke Theatre of Stocker Arts Center

Cost: $7/each

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1999 (R) 130 min. Canada, Italy, United Kingdom
Director: François Girard
Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Don McKellar, Carlo Cecchi, Irene Grazioli, Greta Scacchi

In present day Montreal, a famous Nicolo Bussotti violin, known as “the red violin,” is being auctioned off. During the auction, we flash back to the creation of the violin in 17th century Italy, and follow the violin as it makes its way through an 18th century Austrian monastery, a violinist in 19th century Oxford, China during the Cultural Revolution, and back to Montreal, where a collector tries to establish the identity and the secrets of “the red violin.” To quote film critic Roger Ebert, “’The Red Violin’ has the kind of sweep and vision that we identify with elegant features from decades ago – films that followed a story thread from one character to another. There really is a little something here for everyone: music and culture, politics and passion, crime and intrigue, history and even the backstage intrigue of the auction business. Not many films can encompass a British aristocrat who likes to play the violin while he is having sex and a Chinese woman who risks her life to protect a violin from the martinets of the Cultural Revolution.” The music in the film was composed by John Corigliano, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen and solo violin performed by Joshua Bell.

“One of the most ambitious movies to come out this year…filled with passion and drama!” – James Sterngold, THE NEW YORK TIMES

“THE RED VIOLIN glows with passion…beautifully crafted, intricately designed, intensely cinematic!” – Eric Harrison, LOS ANGELES TIMES

“Ambitious, sumptuous and intelligently crafted!” – Leah Rozen, PEOPLE

“I loved this movie!” – Roger Ebert, SISKEL & EBERT