International Film Festival - The Red Violin
Watch an international film for free in the Graduate Life Center Auditorium (formerly Donaldson Brown) as part of International Week 2008. All students, faculty, and community members are invited.
The Red Violin
Samuel L. Jackson, Don McKellar,
Carlo Cecchi, Irene Grazioli
Lion's Gate Films; Directed by Francois Girard
Rated R; 131 minutes; 1999
THE RED VIOLIN traces the history of a legendary instrument across five countries and 300 years, from a workshop in the Italian city of Cremona to an auction of rare violins in modern-day Montreal. Along the way, the violin affects the lives of a variety of people as it passes from hand to hand and generation to generation, nearly possessing those who play it. From the workshop in Cremona in the late 17th century, where the violin maker loses his wife during childbirth, the violin next turns up 100 years later in Vienna, in the hands of a child prodigy. From there it passes to gypsies, and then, another century later, to master violinist Frederick Pope in Oxford, inspiring jealousy in his poet lover. We next see the violin in Shanghai during the Cultural Revolution in 1968, where its very existence is threatened, along with those who would protect it. Finally, the violin arrives at an auction house in Montreal, where American violin expert Charles Morritz races against time to discover the true nature of the seemingly haunted instrument.