Spans 300 years in the life of one famed musical instrument that winds up in present-day Montreal on the auction block. Crafted by the Italian master Bussotti (Cecchi) in 1681, the red violin derives its unusual color from the human blood mixed into the finish. With this legacy, the violin travels to Austria, England, China, and Canada, leaving both beauty and tragedy in its wake. Most of the vignettes are dull, with the Montreal-set framing story holding the most interest.
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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 131 minutes.
Originally from Canadian.
Oscars 1999: Orig. Score; Genie 1998: Art Dir./Set Dec., Cinematog., Costume Des., Director (Girard), Film, Screenplay, Score.
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