The Magic Bow

  • 1947
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Biography

This biographical film is nothing more than a poorly strung series of cliches, and takes more than a few liberties with the life story of violinist Paganini. Granger is the musician, who falls for both Calvert and a Stradivarius. She's a rich woman who returns the beloved violin to him, after the plucky musician loses it gambling. After several love complications,...read more

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This biographical film is nothing more than a poorly strung series of cliches, and takes more than a few liberties with the life story of violinist Paganini. Granger is the musician, who falls for both Calvert and a Stradivarius. She's a rich woman who returns the beloved violin to him,

after the plucky musician loses it gambling. After several love complications, including Granger's duel with a Napoleonic soldier, Calvert arranges for her beloved to play before the Pope. Of course, Granger's a success and it's happily-ever-after time. Despite some good performances, THE MAGIC

BOW is drenched with cliched situations and plot developments. Ultimately, the story ends up a dull, insignificant bit of tripe, though Menuhin's violin on Paganini's solos does give the film some desperately needed class. Musical selections include: "The Devil's Trill" (Giuseppe Tartini); "La

Ronde des Lutins" (Brazzini); "Campanella"; "Caprice" No. 20; Violin Concerto No. 1; "Introductions et Variations" (Nicolo Paganini); Violin Concerto, Op. 61, last movement (Ludwig Von Beethoven); "Romance" (Phil Greene, based on a theme by Paganini).

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  • Review: This biographical film is nothing more than a poorly strung series of cliches, and takes more than a few liberties with the life story of violinist Paganini. Granger is the musician, who falls for both Calvert and a Stradivarius. She's a rich woman who ret… (more)

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