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This treatise demonstrates how teachers can use five pieces of violin repertoire from the cinema as pedagogical tools to introduce or enhance a student's understanding, appreciation, and technical facility of the following four genres of violin repertoire: character pieces, gypsy music, Jewish music, and Russian music. For each genre, I compare the film work(s) with a piece in the classical violin repertoire that is similar in terms of pedagogical application and stylistic characteristics. The film works and classical pieces discussed are the character pieces of "Theme" from Ladies in Lavender by Nigel Hess and "Meditation" from Thaïs by Jules Massenet; the gypsy music of "Tango (Por Una Cabeza)" by Carlos Gardel (arr. John Williams) from Scent of a Woman and Allegro maestoso from Concerto No. 9 in A minor, Op. 104 by Charles-Auguste de Bériot; the Jewish music of "Three Pieces" from Schindler's List by John Williams, Fiddler on the Roof by John Williams, and "Nigun" from Baal Shem by Ernest Bloch; and the Russian music of "Devil's Dance" from The Witches of Eastwick by John Williams and Suite Italienne by Igor Stravinsky. My treatise fuses together aspects of violin and cinema into a new branch of scholarship that provides teachers with wider options in their pedagogical approaches. In the appendices, I have included lists of selected repertoire in the discussed styles as a resource for teachers and students. I also compiled a discography of film soundtracks that feature the violin as a solo instrument along with a bibliography of violin repertoire from the cinema currently published for concert use. This treatise and its accompanying appendices show how violin music from film is gradually earning a place in the concert repertoire and holds a real place in violin pedagogy.