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The Devil's Violinist

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Germany, Italy · 2013
Rated R · 2h 2m
Director Bernard Rose
Starring David Garrett, Joely Richardson, Jared Harris, Andrea Deck
Genre Drama

The life story of Italian violinist and composer, Niccolò Paganini, who rose to fame as a virtuoso in the early 19th Century.

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Village Voice by Aaron Hillis

Bernard Rose's elegantly staged but tonally flat biopic embraces the myth, even underscoring Paganini's rising fame, scandalous hedonism, and womanizing as an anachronistic form of rock-star fantasy.


Variety by Nick Schager

The film is proof of both Garrett’s titanic skill at putting bow to string, and his decidedly less accomplished gifts as an actor.


Los Angeles Times by Sheri Linden

First-time actor Garrett is better at conveying Paganini's artistic sensitivity and self-indulgence than his innovative fire. When he picks up the fiddle, though, he speaks with eloquent authority.

75 by Simon Abrams

It's an anti-romantic biography about a great artist, one whose central themes are basic, but whose energy and execution is irresistible.


The Dissolve by Tasha Robinson

Garrett’s performance lacks any nuance or fire. When he’s playing, he’s a powerhouse. When he’s talking, he’s a half-presence with a vaguely Tommy Wiseau-esque accent, and sleepy eyes to match.

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