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The Red Violin (1974)

Original title: Punane viiul

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Feature film | Drama | Biographical Duration 88:29

The Red Violin

When Estonian violinist Eduard Sõrmus starts his concert tours in Europe, he is convinced that the world revolution is about to begin. His mission as a Red Violinist is to call the proletariat around the world to join with the revolution. It is only two things - music and revolution - that Eduard has dedicated himself to. His audience is enchanted by his performance and ignited by his ideas. With the knowledge, he travels Europe between the two world wars, accompanied by his faithful friends, his audience's admiration and the hostility of the authorities. When the time is right for ...

Director: Kaljo Kiisk

Keywords: entering into marriage | arrestment | Bolshevist agitator | Europe between the two world wars | fascism | audaciousness | idealist | internationalism | stump speeches | accompanist on a piano | View all »

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Main Data

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Production Firm(s) Tallinnfilm , DEFA (Germany)
Color color
Sound sound
Film Category Feature film, Full length feature
Genre Drama, Biographical
Text / Dialogue Estonian, Russian
Dubbing Russian
Duration 88:29


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Director Kaljo Kiisk
Screenwriter Anatoli Grebnev
Cinematographer Mihhail Dorovatovski
Art Director Halja Klaar
Costume Designer Hilda Kruusi
Composer Jaan Koha
Sound Designer Roman Sabsay
Editor Ludmilla Rosental
Content Editor Grigori Skulski
Managing Director Arkadi Pessegov | Dietmar Richter

First releases

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  • in cinema: 20.01.1975, Luunja, Estonia
  • in cinema: 09.02.1976, Moskva, USSR

Partners and Sponsors

  • Kultuuriministeerium
  • EFI
  • Eesti Kultuurkapital
  • ERR
  • Rahvusarhiiv
  • BFM
  • Kinoliit
  • Eesti Filmiajakirjanike ühing
  • Tallinnfilm