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'The Devil's Violinist' a seductive take on Paganini as rock star

'The Devil's Violinist' a seductive take on Paganini as rock star

A century before bluesman Robert Johnson's mythical confrontation at a Mississippi crossroads, another prodigious musical talent was believed to have struck a deal with the devil: Niccolo Paganini, 19th century violin virtuoso, international luminary and, according to writer-director Bernard Rose's seductive new film, the world's first rock star. At Paganini's concerts, women shriek and swoon; others shout out the equivalent of "Free Bird!" to the maestro's dismay. Though his dramatic performance is somewhat too mild, classical-pop violinist David Garrett brings an electrifying musical authenticity to the lead role in "The Devil's...

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