The Devil's Violinist

Synopsis: 1830. Violin virtuoso and notorious womanizer Niccolò Paganini (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) 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) and his mistress Elisabeth Wells (Veronica Ferres) 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), Urbani's strategy seems to be working better than he imagined. Protestors 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 h
Director(s): Bernard Rose
Production: Freestyle Releasing
  2 nominations.
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122 min


What is it?

- I've written, Dad.

Can not you even do, what I say?

Frenetic jubilation

The people entertain

themselves stimulated.

People entertain further. '

People entertain further. '

Threatening music

Distinguished ladies and gentlemen.

I play now for you

the animal sounds Caprice.

Lah! lah!


Lah! You are a genius!

Again the donkey! lah, lah, lah.

Signor Paganini?

Signor Paganini!

Signor Paganini, it's late

If your still one more night?

The bill must be paid.

Signor Paganini.

Here please. And now I must sleep.

You had champagne and food.

Pays or I'll call the city Vogt.

' Palpitations Who's there?

I am.

- Who?

We met yesterday.

- Come on! beginning.

I have to pay, Signore

- Come inside.

Three times need you to tell

- Come on in!

Your champagne was

warm and watered down.

Your dishes were bland and

your behavior intolerable.

Who pays for the damage?

- That should be enough, Signore.

Now, please disappear.

The Maestro may not be disturbed.

And you, Signorina

Antonia, stay. Do not go.

Darling, I'll come back later.

I do not want to disturb.

- This man goes right back.

See you later. Ciao.

You come back. With the invoice

- So a it is not.

You will require for the child money.

Where do you want to know?

- So it has always been.


- Urbani.

Can you come back later? Or tomorrow?

You can expect a great future.

Let us begin.

- What are you talking about?

Yesterday we persuaded

all that. Your not Know?

You will, that you is a kingdom feet.

From Paris to Vienna.

From Rome to London.

One should recognize, that

you are the greatest violinist.

I can play where I want.

And when I want. Someone always pays.

You are happy to be the lackey

in the house of the prince?

The monkeys to play,

while you chat and feeds.

You had to humiliate you

more people listening to you.

I know my music is triumph.

How should they triumph, if

no one is listening to you?

In 100 years, maybe someone

is a music sheet of you find

and recognize the true

nature of your genius.

Ha? That should satisfy you?

You are an innovator.

The violin is in your

hands to the orchestra.

You discovered harmonies

from which no one suspected existed.

It's almost like you have

your create a new instrument.

This is your genius.

And also your problem.

If the audience has

never heard your music,

How will it know whether the

music he likes it or rather not.

And in order not to stand as

fools, they prefer to talk.

Told you must be that

the music in front of you

is revolutionary, unique and sublime.

You must be excited.

And maybe even a bit confused,

before they have even heard a note

Talent and skill, of which

you have in abundance.

What you lack, is a story.

With me by your side

Your worries forever thing of the past.

I'll take care of everything.

I will be your servant.

Your slave.

And you simply do just

that, what you love.

Play your music.

And finally will become known.

Why you do me this favor?

Say what you want. Significantly.

I vow to be you to

services. Here and now.

The smallest hint makes me to your tool.

And if we meet again in the afterlife,

You are to me committed

to the same service.

In the afterlife?

What are you talking about? What

do I care about the afterlife?

There is only the here and now.

Let us conquer the world

- Yes.

After that, come what would

- So you please me.

I will not hear of it.

- You prescribe me.

And you will soon be celebrated

in the best Theatre of Milan.

No other obligations?

- None.


Consider it carefully.

Because I will not forget.

I warn you also.

My ambition is immeasurable.

- Yes.

So it should be, Maestro.

Is as it should be.

There would be only one thing:

I need you to ask for

anything a signature.

He hits the center of the heart.

His instrument is no more violin,

it is a living entity,

the fear and sadness

sobs and shudders

Well, well. Above all,

he is a master conman.

Let me see. He must

return to the hairdresser.

He learned to play in prison.

- What?

His violin was the only he

possessed in solitary confinement.

Its strings pulled one after another.

He can play a concerto

only on the G string.

Elizabeth, dear, that's impossible.

Why was the thug locked up?

They say he has his mistress

killed out of jealousy.

Ah, you mean to tell

me this Italian rascal

is my rival for your heart?

Do not forget:
You are

my lover, Elizabeth.

I would immediately leave you for him.

Do you like to do? Is your company?


- No, no, no. So do not.

Mr. Rogers.

- Hello, Mr. Watson.

Is it good? Excellent. And you?

All the best.

- Glad.

How's Mom?

- Fabulous.

Even in Camberwell?

- The same apartment.

I have an appointment here.

- With who?

Personally with Lord Burghersh.

His lordship dined at the club.

It occurs in something.

Forgive me. Are you a club member?

I'm here to talk to Lordsburg Hersh.

And whom should I report?

My card.


- This is ridiculous.

Everyone in London knows me

as an important impresario.

Unfortunately Those are the rules, sir.

My lord.

I represent the greatest

violinists in the world

No, thank you.

From whom am I speaking?

- Every fool is known,

that the greatest violinist Paganini is

You are not a fool.

Lordsburg Hersh expect.

Lordsburg Hersh, I

should introduce myself?

I'm John Watson.

- Very pleased.

But I'm busy.

Forgive! my intrusion

and the brazenness with

the I come before you.

But I have to make a urgent proposal,

Which liberate not only the

Opera House of the difficulties

London but will meet with shine.

After an introduction such

I would be really a goal,

I did not listen to you.

- Thank you, my lord.

I suggest to bring

Niccolo Paganini to London.

To an exclusive concert series

at the Opera House to give.

His fame and his virtuosity

surpass anything what we know here.

So that we at least 10

times had a sell out.

The press is obsessed

by the Italian maestro.


- His concert in Paris last week

19,069 played France a, a concert.

I do not doubt, Mr. Watson.

But I doubt your ability

to Paganini to get here.

Dear Maestro Paganini.

In deepest devotion

in front of your genius

as the most outstanding

musicians of our time

I want you herewith an invitation

the Royal Opera

in Covent Garden in London express.

We want to offer you,

with a series of concerts

give your debut in our country.

In the kingdom of His

Majesty of Great Britain.

And Ireland.

To make this project

I have the letter settled a change.

For submission to a

certain Rothschild Bank.

So that your has enough funds

which you serve as an advance

to cover and your Entourage

and the cost of the

ship's passage for you. "

Signor Urbani.

Were you here all night?

- However.

And yet you see so fresh and enchanting.

Has us the Maestro again ruined?

The luck has deserted him.

At least the cards luck.

As long as he is

successful with the ladies.

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