Combustible Celluloid
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With: Samuel L. Jackson, Don McKellar, Carlo Cecchi, Irene Grazioli, Jean-Luc Bideau, Christoph Koncz, Jason Flemyng, Greta Scacchi, Sylvia Chang, Liu Zifeng, Colm Feore, Monique Mercure
Written by: François Girard, Don McKellar
Directed by: François Girard
MPAA Rating: R for some sexuality
Language: French, English, Mandarin, Italian, German, with English subtitles
Running Time: 131
Date: 09/09/1998

The Red Violin (1999)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Bow Peeps

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

This is a surprisingly exciting and delicate epic filmed in several different countries and languages, by writer/director Francois Girard, (32 Short Films About Glenn Gould). The movie follows the 300 year-history of a beautiful and perfect violin, which is imbued with its maker's dead wife's spirit. In a 1990's auction several characters who have a history with the violin bid on it. Samuel L. Jackson is brilliant as a violin expert who wants the violin for himself. The movie stumbles on a few conventional moments now and then, but it works well all the same. Greta Scacchi (The Player) also stars.

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