I've been thinking about the movie Red Violin, and I have been wondering if there more characters or events that are actually based on real-life people.
For example, the virtuosic (and perhaps lascivious) violinist/composer Pope is obviously based upon Paganini (minus his unusual source of inspiration for composition, heh.) And perhaps priests in the orphanage was based on Vivaldi? (Although I seem to recall Vivaldi's was an all-girl orphanged).
What about the theft at the end of the auction? And what about the maestro who commented that his orchestra can wait as he was looking through the violin collections?
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