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The Devil's Violinist (2013)

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19th Century violinist and composer Niccolò Paganini incurs the wrath of his diabolical manager while preparing for his debut performance in London, and falling for the daughter of an English impresario.

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Bernard Rose

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Bernard Rose
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Cast

Credited cast:
David Garrett ... Niccolò Paganini
Jared Harris ... Urbani
Joely Richardson ... Ethel Langham
Christian McKay ... John Watson
Veronica Ferres ... Elizabeth Wells
Helmut Berger ... Lord Burghersh
Olivia d'Abo ... Primrose Blackstone
Andrea Deck ... Charlotte Watson
Kristian Portz Kristian Portz ... Fighter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Thomas Anton Thomas Anton ... Burly Man
Peter R. Bishop Peter R. Bishop ... Journalist
Peter Bosch Peter Bosch ... Officer
Ben Cura ... Charlotte's Husband
Jennifer Davison Jennifer Davison ... Antonia Bianchi
David Godden David Godden ... Ticket Tout
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Storyline

1830. Violin virtuoso and notorious womanizer Niccolò Paganini (David Garrett) is at the peak of his career, acclaimed throughout Europe. His name alone suggests countless affairs and scandals - which is exactly what his manager Urbani (Jared Harris) is doing his utmost to cultivate, for it is in his interest to market his famous client the best way possible. Only the London public has yet to be conquered. In a plan to lure Paganini to London for his British debut, English impresario John Watson (Christian McKay) and his mistress Elisabeth Wells (Veronica Ferres) risk all they own. Business-savvy Urbani ultimately manages to bring Paganini to the British capital, albeit against his will. And thanks to the rave reviews by journalist Ethel Langham (Joely Richardson), Urbani's strategy seems to be working better than he imagined. Protestors throng his hotel, causing pandemonium. Musician and manager are forced to take refuge at Watson's home, where Paganini quickly takes a liking to his ... Written by Summerstorm Entertainment

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Fame is desire, love is a curse


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Rated R for some strong sexuality/nudity, and for drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

Germany | Italy

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

30 January 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El violinista del diablo See more »

Filming Locations:

Vienna, Austria See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color
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Limelight is used in several concert scenes (including showing the actual chunk of lime), but the film is set in 1830 and the first use of limelight for a performance of any kind was 1836 and for theater performance in 1837. Further, Paganini had ended his concert performances in 1834 and his lifestyle and health made it highly unlikely that he would have ever stood in the limelight before his death. See more »

Quotes

Urbani: How quickly they have turned on you...
Niccolò Paganini: Urbani...
Urbani: I'm willing to forgive your disloyalty...
Niccolò Paganini: I've taken several beatings. I'll never take you back.
Urbani: You did not really love her. You loved the idea of what you thought she was. An innocent. Someone whose purity could redeem you of your many sins. But she's human! She has the same carnality and ambition as you. All that would have happened, is that you would have destroyed her... you would've have corrupted her... with the same seeding and infection ...
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Soundtracks

Urbani's Theme / Erlkönig
Composed by Franz Schubert
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using a legend's shadow
26 April 2014 | by VincentiuSee all my reviews

beautiful decor and costumes, nice story and flavor of atmosphere, the old Faust pact and rock star motifs mixed . the problem is that all that pieces are not really enough. because Paganini is more than a legend and that movie use, in fact, only its shadow. because the golden images, the mixture of old and pretty ingredients who can reminds Farinelli or Amadeus are only for decoration not for be roots of an authentic , convincing story. it is a beautiful movie. but only aesthetic and , unfortunately, not at whole. and for not blame the team behind it - the honest good intentions are obvious - , it is important to choose the inspired parts - the music, the presence of Helmut Berger, the work of Jared Harris to save appearances. but , with little more courage and different angle about Paganini trajectory, it could be really an interesting movie. despite the ambition of makers, it is only a promise using the shadow of a legend.


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