Paganini biopic The Devil's Violinist on DVD in June
29 April 2015
1830. Violin virtuoso and notorious womanizer Niccolò Paganini (played by violinist and composer David Garrett) is at the peak of his career, acclaimed throughout Europe. His name alone suggests countless affairs and scandals – which is exactly what his manager Urbani (Jared Harris – Lincoln, Pompeii) is doing his utmost to cultivate, for it is in his interest to market his famous client the best way possible. Only the London public has yet to be conquered.
In a plan to lure Paganini to London for his British debut, English impresario John Watson (Christian McKay – Rush, The Theory of Everything) and his mistress Elisabeth Wells (Veronica Ferres – Klimt, Hector and the Search for Happiness) risk all they own. Business-savvy Urbani ultimately manages to bring Paganini to the British capital, albeit against his will. And thanks to the rave reviews by journalist Ethel Langham (Joely Richardson – The Patriot, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo), Urbani’s strategy seems to be working better than he imagined.
Fans throng his hotel, causing pandemonium. Musician and manager are forced to take refuge at Watson’s home, where Paganini quickly takes a liking to his host’s lovely daughter Charlotte (Andrea Deck – les Misérables), a talented singer. She and the violinist find the way to each other's hearts through music – and Paganini falls undyingly in love with the young beauty. This displeases Urbani, however, who fears he will lose his influence on his protegé. He begins to craft a diabolical plan...
Directed by Bernard Rose, the man who gave us Candyman, Ivansxtc and Immortal Beloved, and described by Roger Ebert.com as "Beautiful and thoughtful," The Devil's Violinist will be released on UK DVD on 22nd June 2015 by Metrodome Distribution at the RRP of £14.99.
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