The Red Violin (1998) played briefly in this area in 2004 (Click here for a more in-depth review), and it’s a delight to see that the Hendersonville Film Society has brought this rather special—and visually striking—film back. This film is a kind of throwback to the old “portmanteau” film—a work containing several stories that are tied together by a single object. In Paramount’s all-star 1932 If I Had a Million, it was a dying industrialist giving away checks for a million dollars to strangers. In Julien Duvivier’s Tales of Manhattan (1942), the story followed the life of a dress coat as it passed from person to person. Here, of course, we have the 300-year history of the violin of the title—from its creation to its present status as an item up for auction. It’s not quite perfect, but overall it may be the most successful film of its type ever made.
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