Overlooked by Oscar in 1999, Francois Girard directs the epic tale of the 400 year life of a Violin, across 3 continents, 4 Languages, and 5 countries, and it's dark secret.

In Modern Day Montreal, a famous Nicolo Bussotti violin, known as "The Red Violin" is being auctioned off. During the auction, at the chronological end of the movie, and a Tarot reading, at the chronological beginning, we are told the story of The Red Violin.

Starring Samuel L. Jackson as Charles Morritz, who mounts an investigation to investigate the mysterious violin, Greta Scacchi and a cast of complete unknowns,

With the musical genuis of violinist Joshua Bell and composer John Corigliano (Who were not overlooked by Oscar for their work.) All scenes were filmed on location (In china, Montreal Canada, England, Italy, and Vienna) and in the language of the region in which they were filmed.
The Red Violin was an OK movie. It had a good cast, some subtle things, an interesting premise, but not that much in the way of characters or plot.

However: the soundtrack, fittingly for a movie all about a classical musical instrument, is the highlight of the film: one of the best CDs of classical music I've ever heard. I'm listening to it right now on my computer, and it is beautiful. The strings soar, the, well, other strings (it's mostly, if not completely, string driven)dive, and... mere words can not express its magnificence. The best track is the longest: the descriptively named "The Red Violin: Chaconne for Violin and Orchestra": it leaps from aggression to depression, from passive to powerful, as one might leap over a building. Other good tracks, ones that don't end up at 17 minutes long, include... well, all of them. I like the one with the singing Chinese, but that's just due to me liking singing and music.

Want to listen to a track? There are some ways for you to listen to all of this masterpiece, but I wouldn't recommend them. I'd recommend, instead, dropping by Amazon.com; they have parts of some tracks. Download them, and you'll see what good classical music is all about.

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