Just finished watching The Red Violin. Excellent. That score – I’d seen it before, but the DVD and stereo through the TV really brings out the music. I’ll be humming it for days now.
I find films that follow an object around very interesting. Twenty Bucks is another example of this genre, and a fine little film too. E. Annie Proulx’s novel, Accordion Crimes, is probably a closer match to The Red Violin though. Both follow musical instruments through sorrow and loss, through decades of use in the hands of a succession of people. Proulx’s book ultimately dissapointed me though, it felt strangely lacking in passion. The movie however, is all over the top emotion and music. It is a more visceral experience than the novel.