The Red Violin (Le violon rouge) Reviews

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a composition in five movements. Although the primary theme (the violin) ties all the segments together, it is but a thin string.
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Its individual pieces interlock smoothly as a whole.
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If you see it, it should be only for the wonderful solo violin of Joshua Bell.
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Like a blending of great symphony and great cinema, The Red Violin is a magnum opus of musical-visual composition.
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If the movie didn't pat itself on the back so often for being arty, than it might come off as an interesting, if flawed film.
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A sensual pleasure to hear, and to watch the film on screen... an intellectual pleasure to mull the complex themes afterwards. This is filmmaking of the highest order.
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A good score can only do so much and, too often here, it is undercut by an overly sentimental story.
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The film is heedlessly ambitious. In a time of timid projects and easy formulas, The Red Violin has the kind of sweep and vision that we identify with elegant features from decades ago.
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