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'The Red Violin' to Screen at UW-Eau Claire Nov. 10-13

RELEASED: Nov. 8, 2005

The Red Violin posterEAU CLAIRE — "The Red Violin" (1998), the imaginary history of a legendary instrument and the lives it touches across five countries and 300 years, will screen at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Nov. 10-13. The film will be presented Thursday through Sunday at 6 and 8:30 p.m. in Davies Theatre.

From the beginning this violin was going to be special. In 1681, Italian Nicolo Bussotti (Carlo Cecchi), in an attempt to keep the spirit of his deceased wife alive, paints the violin with a red varnish made from her blood. From here, the red violin travels through an 18th-century Austrian monastery after being found in the Austrian Alps. It performs in the court of Vienna, is taken by gypsies, acquired by a composer, and spends some time in 19th century Oxford. It travels to China during the Cultural Revolution. It finally ends up in Montreal, where it is spotted at an auction by a violin expert (Samuel L. Jackson) who tries to establish the identity and secrets of the magnificent instrument.

Directed by Francois Girard, the 131-minute film is subtitled in English and rated R for some sexuality.

Admission is $2 for International Film Society members and UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff and $1 for UW-Eau Claire students. Tickets are available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727, in Davies Center's east lobby and at the door. The film is sponsored by the University Activities Commission of the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate.

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