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The Red Violin offers some interesting messages about the universality of the language of music The acting and sets are spectacular and the actors through the eras do very credible jobs of playing the magical violin Lastly the secret of the red violins color turns out to be an apt symbol for the level of commitment that true musical devotion demands The Red Violin takes its audience on a journey spanning five countries and three centuries As the violin passes into five principal lives each tells a story of both hope and greed Violin maker Nicolo set aside his best violin as a gift to his unborn child His wife Anna inquires from her housekeeper and Tarot reader about the childs life Anna is instructed to choose five cards As each card in interpreted we follow the life of the violin as it interacts with each person who eventually possesses it Through the tragedy of Anna and her childs death we learn the card reading is also for the Red Violin--call it Bussottis other child Hope turns to grief as the perfect violin is all that remains of everything dear to Nicolo Painting the violin red he pours his anger into it He wanted to leave as his legacy a child of great musical capacity and through the embodiment of his violin he did The Red Violin resurfaces in an Austrian monastery where it chances into the hands of a prodigy of exceptional ability--six-year-old Kaspar In 1792 the monks summon Georges a master of the period to groom the child Just as Kaspar is to perform for the patron Georges has arranged young Kaspars weak and frail heart fails him at his pivotal moment and promise turns to setback in a heart beat In 1893 in Oxford England gypsies playing the Red Violin beckon the ear of the flamboyant romantic musician Frederick Pope Feeling aroused to play he summons his lover
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