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Tony Palmer's Film: Testimony; The Story of Dmitri Shostakovich

Tony Palmer's Film: Testimony; The Story of Dmitri Shostakovich-Biography Movie-Documentary
ID: TPDVD145 (EAN: 604388722501)  | 1 DVD
Ausgefolgt: 2009
Tony Palmer
Biography Movie
SHOSTAKOVICH, Dmitry Dmitriyevich
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Andere Infos:

Format: Classical, Color, DVD, NTSC
Language: English (Stereo)
Region: All Regions
Screen (Picture) Format: 16:9
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Number of discs: 1
Rated: NR (Not Rated)
Studio: Tony Palmer Films
DVD Release Date: September 15, 2009
Run Time: 151 minutes

Tony Palmer's remarkable film portrait of composer Dmitri Shostakovich, stars Ben Kingsley in the title role. Music is performed by The London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Rudolf Barshai.

“Testimony is one of those comparatively rare events nowadays - a real piece of cinema. Palmer’s prowess as an editor, his knack of juxtaposing image and music - something which has remained his forte since he first caused a stir back in the Sixties with Buddhist monks burning to The Beatles - has a field day in Testimony. Most importantly for a movie about a composer, there is always the feeling that Palmer understands the music. For a start he puts to rest the hoary old cliché that the private Shostakovich is only to be found in his chamber music - try listening to the Seventh, Eighth, Ninth and Fourteenth symphonies - but he also brings vividly alive musical details (like the composer’s use of unison scoring) in colour sequences showing the orchestra, as in the climax of the Fifth….. A truly remarkable film.” Derek Elley ‘Films & Filming’

Performance Credits
Ben Kingsley - (Films)(Biography) - Dmitri Shostakovich
Sherry Baines - (Films) - Nina Shostakovich
Magdalen Asquith - (Films) - Galya
Mark Asquith - (Films) - Maxim Shostakovich
Terence Rigby - Stalin
Ronald Pickup - Marshall Tukhachevsky
John Shrapnel - Zhdanov
Robert Reynolds - Brutus
Chris Barrie - Carnival Thin Man
Ed Bishop - American Commentator
Christopher Bramwell - Vanya
Andrew Brittain - Malko
Frank Carson - Carnival Fat Man
Curly Carter - Cross-eyed Man
Rosemary Chamney - Concierge
Jane Cox - Widow
Chris D'Bray - Dorian Gray
Vernon Dobtcheff - Gargolovsky
Val Elliot - French Schoolmarm
Peter Faulkner - Mayakovsky
Margaret Fingergut - Christian Woman
Nicholas Fry - Maxim at Age 37
Liza Goddard - English humanist
Igor Gridneff - Blind Man
Joyce Grundy - Stalin's Mother
Colin Hurst - Stalin's Secretary
Panda Jazz - Green
Rodney Litchfield - Sherlock Holmes
Van Martin - German Humanist
Bronco McLoughlin - Cossack
Murray Melvin - Film Editor
Mitzi Mueller - Nun
Rowena Parr - Galya at Age 39
Marita Phillips - Mme. Lupinskaya
Dorota Rae - Akmatova
David Sharpe - Mandelstam
Tracy Spence - Tsvetayeva
William Squire - Khatchaturyan
Julian Stanley - Andre Gide
Robert Stephens - Vsevolod Meyerhold
Mark Thrippleton - Young Stalin
Robert Urquhart - Journalist
Brook Williams - H.G. Wells
Peter Woodthorpe - Alexander Glazunov
Rudolf Barshai - Conductor

Technical Credits
Tony Palmer - Director, Editor, Producer, Screenwriter
John Hibbs - Costumes/Costume Designer
Scene Index 
Tony Palmer's Film of Shostakovich: Testimony 
1. Death of a Composer - Glazunov: 8th Symphony8:28 
2. First Composer of the Revolution - 1st Symphony & The Golden Age Tukhachevsky & Meyerhold4:04 
3. Stalin - 13th Symphony2:12 
4. Carnival - 8th Symphony2:58 
5. Lady Macbeth - Tukhachevsky9:54 
6. Revolution - 11th Symphony5:18 
7. Eisenstein & the film studio - 11th Symphony8:27 
8. At The Bolshoi - 5th Symphony6:37 
9. At home - Nina, Galya & Maxim: Piano Concerto No.23:06 
10. The Terror - String Quartet No. 8 & 10th Symphony8:26 
11. The Siege of Leningrad, pt 1 - Vanya: 7th Symphony12:18 
12. "Then we ate the Jews" 5th Symphony2:46 
13. Denunciation - Zhdanov6:57 
14. "To Reach the People" Violin Concerto No. 18:41 
15. America - The Golden Age Polka13:18 
16. Meeting Stalin - Khatchaturyan: 14th Symphony7:49 
17. Death of Stalin: 11th Symphony & Mozart Piano Concerto K4889:18 
18. "Let the Hammer Fall" - Michelangelo Sonnets3:48 
19. Babiy Yar - 13th Symphony13:09 
20. "Have You Seen My Son" - Piano Concerto No. 29:16 
21. 30 Million Dead - String Quartet No. 103:18 


Ben Kingsley stars as celebrated Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich in this lengthy historical biography. Along with Prokofiev, Shostakovich is considered among the elite of the 20th-century composers to emerge from his country. Striving to be true to his art form, the composer was caught in the political crossfire of the Stalin regime and was criticized for being politically ambiguous. Under constant pressure, Shostakovich silenced many of his critics when he remained in Leningrad during the Nazi siege to complete his stirring 7th symphony. Terrence Rigby plays Stalin, with Ronald Pickup as the ill-fated Soviet official Tukhachevsky, another of Stalin's many victims. Shostakovich lived until 1975.
˜ Dan Pavlides, Rovi All Movie Guide


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