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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 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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leonard maudlin strikes again!
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i was relieved to see that leonard maltin wrote a less than glowing review of this movie---it means it must be one fine film. if he thought 'testimony' was 'overlong' and a 'turgid narrative,' then for him 'amadeus' must have seemed the equivalent of fatty arbuckle slipping on a banana peel. the fact is, 'testimony' is brilliant. if your idea of a good movie is an historic nightmare of artistic oppression and indentured prolificacy, then youll put this gem at the top of your a-list, if you can find it. if you like shostakovich and cant find the movie, read the book while playing his 7th symphony in a bombed-out warehouse. then, light your stale non-filters off the flame of a smoldering leonard maltin review, and contemplate the plethora of stars hes thrust upon the film career of yahoo serious.

**special warning to film buffs: 'testimony' depicts the great sergei eisenstein slipping on a banana peel.**


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