AT THE MOVIES – The Devil´s Violonist

2015 At the movies May 2015 Suzanne A. Marshall

By Suzanne A. Marshall from the May 2015 Edition

Starring: David Garrett, Jared Harris

Director: Bernard Rose

“The film chronicles the life of Italian violinist and composer Niccolo Paganini, who rose to fame as a virtuoso in the early 19th century”. Although the production offers the story up as a true depiction, I couldn’t help but feel that it stretched the bounds of reality with an interpretation that may or may not be accurate. Certainly his brilliance on the violin, his relationship with Urbani, and his infamous womanizing are well known. The story is presented through a lot of hazy atmosphere and background mattes that don’t seem realistic.

There is one big reason to see this film and it is to watch and listen to David Garrett perform incredible pieces as and by, Paganini. The music is riveting as is the Paganini soprano solo sung later in the film by Andrea Deck. It is a beautiful piece of classical music.

I viewed this movie on Netflix. IMDB rated the movie as 6.1/10 based on 1,508 viewers. I would notch that down a couple of points.

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