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Testimony (1988)

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The story of the great Soviet composer Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) and his life and career during the rule of Stalin.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Sherry Baines ...
Nina Shostakovich
Magdalen Asquith ...
Galya Shostakovich
Mark Asquith ...
Maxim Shostakovich
Terence Rigby ...
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Robert Reynolds ...
Brutus
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Gargolovsky
Colin Hurst ...
Stalin's Secretary
Joyce Grundy ...
Stalin's Mother
Mark Thrippleton ...
Young Stalin
Liza Goddard ...
The English Humanist
Peter Woodthorpe ...
Alexander Glazunov
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The story of the great Soviet composer Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) and his life and career during the rule of Stalin.

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22 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Be careful what you believe after viewing this film. It is based on a "memoir" that has been proved to be fake by scholar Laurel Fay. Shostakovich's state of mind as he was dying was not as morbid as the movie would have you believe. If you would like to know how he felt about dying just listen to the Viola Sonata, Op. 147. It's the last music he wrote as he lay dying, and it most definitely does not end in a morose, sad way.

This movie over emphasizes the supposed connection between Stalin and Shostakovich. Shostakovich did not see himself as being anything like Stalin. I would wager to say that Shostakovich saw himself as being very different from the brutal dictator. Stalin did not inspire Shostakovich; his later works are not lesser compositions as the movie implies.

The previous commenter mentions that there is little narrative in the movie. That's because Testimony has no narrative either. It's an amalgamation of pilfered writings and spurious facts. Solomon Volkov has never defended himself in any condemnation of his work. His silence speaks volumes.


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