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by Bernard Rose


In the early 1830s Niccolo Paganini, the great virtuoso violinist, takes Paris by storm. “I am at present marveling at the astounding miracles performed by Paganini in Paris,” writes French novelist Balzac. “Do not imagine that it is merely a question of his bowing, his fingering, or the fantastic sounds he draws from his violin. There is, beyond all doubt, something mysterious about this man. I go to every one of his concerts. The opera house is packed to overflowing and the cashier raking in 20,000 francs a night.” It is said, in his native Italy, that to play with such virtuosity, Paganini has sold his soul to the devil. Women faint at his concerts, claiming to see a demon guiding his bow at amazing speeds. Rumors abound; he‘s been in prison for seducing a minor, he‘s seduced half the noble women of Europe, he is capricious, vain, difficult.

international title: Paganini: The Devil's Violinist
original title: Der Teufelsgeiger
country: Germany, Austria
sales agent: Beta Cinema
year: 2013
genre: fiction
directed by: Bernard Rose
film run: 122'
release date: AT 31/10/2013, DE 31/10/2013, IT 27/02/2014
screenplay: Bernard Rose
cast: David Garrett, Jared Harris, Joely Richardson, Christian McKay, Veronica Ferres, Helmut Berger, Olivia d'Abo
cinematography by: Bernard Rose
film editing: Britta Nahler
art director: Christine Caspari, Leonie Heys-Cerchio
costumes designer: Birgit Hutter
music: David Garrett, Franck Van Der Heijden
producer: Christian Angermayer, Gabriela Bacher, Rosilyn Heller
co-producer: Veronica Ferres, Danny Krausz
production: Summerstorm Entertainment, Dor Film, Film House Germany
backing: Förderung Filminstitut, Filmfonds Wien, Filmstandort Austria, Deutscher Filmförderfonds, Filmförderungsanstalt, Filmfernsehfonds Bayern Fernsehbeteiligung, ORF
distributor: Universum Film GmbH, Filmladen, Academy Two
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