The Devil's Violinist (2015)

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Superstar violinist David Garrett makes his acting debut as the legendary and notorious Italian violinist and composer Niccolò Paganini whose talent was so great he was called "The Devil's Violinist." Paganini is at the height of his career and under the strong control of his manager Urbani (Jared Harris), who will risk anything and anyone to bring Paganini to England. Urbani's plan, helped along by a British couple and a newspaper writer Ethel Langham (Joely Richardson) is brought to fruition as Paganini conquers the crowds of London and the hearts of women. When he falls in love with a young singer, Urbani must find a way to separate them and keep his hold on the larger than life superstar. This turbulent tale of love, lust, power, and the lure of fame is set against a glorious score by David Garret and composer Franck van der Heijden. (C) Freestyle
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R (for some strong sexuality/nudity, and for drug use)
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Drama
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Cast

David Garrett
as Niccolò Paganini
Jared Harris
as Urbani
Joely Richardson
as Ethel Langham
Christian McKay
as John Watson
Andrea Deck
as Charlotte Watson
Veronica Ferres
as Elizabeth Wells
Olivia d'Abo
as Primrose Blackstone
Helmut Berger
as Lord Burghersh
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Critic Reviews for The Devil's Violinist

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (6)

Beautiful and thoughtful.

Full Review… | January 29, 2015
RogerEbert.com
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Though his dramatic performance is somewhat too mild, classical-pop violinist David Garrett brings an electrifying musical authenticity to the lead role in "The Devil's Violinist."

Full Review… | January 29, 2015
Los Angeles Times
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Even if, like me, you're a sucker for men with tossable hair and precision eyeliner, you can't help noticing that "The Devil's Violinist" is hysterical - and possibly historical - hooey.

January 29, 2015
New York Times
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Garrett, making his acting debut, isn't a strong enough presence to carry the nonmusical sequences.

January 29, 2015
Seattle Times
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David Garrett's musical gifts far outstrip his acting chops in Bernard Rose's creaky 19th-century melodrama.

Full Review… | January 28, 2015
Variety
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[Garrett's] handsome and fiddles something fierce, but his acting aptitude is more "Chopsticks" than Caprice no. 24 in A minor.

Full Review… | January 27, 2015
Village Voice
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Audience Reviews for The Devil's Violinist

Different. It seems the story it has nothing to do with the real Paganini... but it is still a good movie.

Ileana A
Ileana A

I love Niccolò Paganini's work and I was very excited to see this movie based on the life story of the 19th-century Italian violinist and composer. Written and directed by Bernard Rose, it is starring David Garrett as Niccolò Paganini, Jared Harris as Urbani, Joely Richardson as Ethel Langham, Christian McKay as John Watson, Veronica Ferres as Elizabeth Wells, Helmut Berger as Lord Burghersh and Olivia d'Abo as Primrose Blackstone. [img] http://static.cinemagia.ro/img/resize/db/movie/58/25/74/paganini-the-devils-violinist-578808l-175x0-w-29a06985.jpg [/img] The film is trying to chronicle the life of Italian violinist and composer Niccolò Paganini, who rose to fame as a virtuoso in the early 19th Century. It begins with his youth as a childhood violinist pushed by his demanding father through his beginnings in Italy and then to his performances and acclaim in London under the guidance of the mysterious Urbani. But, trying to sail into super-natural waters does not do anything good for the final result. Completely opposite. But, when the screenplay concentrates on the human weaknesses and virtues, there is some joy. Filming took place in Germany, Austria and Italy, and the violinist David Garrett performs many of Paganini's pieces throughout the film himself. His acting was great, and musical talent obvious! Average movie with nothing special in it except the music of the great Maestro, and the talent of the main actor... everything else is average or below average.

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