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'Paganini - The Devil's Violinist' Starts Production in July, Stars David Garrett

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood May 10, 2012 at 5:39PM

Bernard Rose's period biopic “Paganini - The Devil’s Violinist” will start production in July in Vienna; Joely Richardson is in final talks to join global violinist star David Garrett, who makes his acting debut in the title role.
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David Garrett
David Garrett

Bernard Rose's period biopic “Paganini - The Devil’s Violinist” will start production in July in Vienna; Joely Richardson is in final talks to join global violinist star David Garrett, who makes his acting debut in the title role. Writer-director Rose (“Immortal Beloved,” “Anna Karenina”) is an enthusiastic musician and pianist.

The film is being produced by Gabriela Bacher (“What a Man”), Rosilyn Heller (“Trade”) and Christian Angermayer of Film House Germany. Danny Krausz (“360”) and Philipp Kreuzer (“Solitude of Prime Numbers”) are co-producing. Star David Garrett will also executive produce.
 
The film is set in the early 19th Century, as world-famous violinist Niccolo Paganini makes a Faustian pact with his manager to create a myth around his persona--and then has to deal with press hordes. Paganini also meets the love of his life, journalist Ethel Langham. Richardson (“Anonymous,” “The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo”) is in final negotiations to play the role. 

“David Garrett is a tremendous talent, a true rock star of the classical music and crossover world who recognized in Paganini a kindred spirit," says Heller. "For David to take on this role and illuminate the soul of an original, seductive, troubled and defiant artist --who, indeed, was the rock star of his day -- fulfils our wildest dreams."

 
 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.