The life and work of the great Russian composer Dmitriy Shostakovich is presented in this documentary through rare images and audios from many archives, at one time censored by the Soviet ...
See full summary »
A father and his son live together in a roof-top apartment. They have lived alone for years in their own private world, full of memories and daily rites. Sometimes they seem like brothers. ... See full summary »
Third part in Aleksandr Sokurov's quadrilogy of Power, following Moloch (1999) and Taurus (2001), focuses on Japanese Emperor Hirohito and Japan's defeat in World War II when he is finally confronted by General Douglas MacArthur who offers him to accept a diplomatic defeat for survival.
A slow and poignant story of love and patience told via a dying mother nursed by her devoted son. The simple narrative is a thread woven among the deeply spiritual images of the countryside... See full summary »
Inspired by Flaubert's Madame Bovary, Sokurov's Save and Protect recalls the most crucial events of Emma's decline and fall, including affairs with an aristocratic and a student. Focusing ... See full summary »
A 19th century French aristocrat, notorious for his scathing memoirs about life in Russia, travels through the Russian State Hermitage Museum and encounters historical figures from the last 200+ years.
From a misty night into the dark exposition rooms of a museum to ponder philosophically at paintings by 'Pieter Jansz Saenredam', 'Hercules Pieterszoon Seghers', Hendrikus van de Sande ... See full summary »
The life and work of the great Russian composer Dmitriy Shostakovich is presented in this documentary through rare images and audios from many archives, at one time censored by the Soviet government. A brief take on his life, from his transition as an early prodigy to a first rate artist, his celebrated compositions and the final years with a declining health. Written by
This is a very special documentary on Shostakovich. Firstly Sokhurov is a film director and it shows - he has put together some beautiful images within an unusual structure. The film uses the last summer of Shostakovich's life and particularly some details of the composition of the Viola Sonata as a reference point to which the film returns several times. Thus he mixes the chronology of the composer's life. The film reveals some wonderful examples which illustrate Shostakovich's nature. The film had a turbulent history - made in 1980, just 5 years after the composer's death, the film was "arrested" by the KGB and Sokhurov hid a version of the film which was released in the 1990s. It must be stressed the film is not an A-Z of the composer's life - it does not mention "Lady Macbeth" nor the 13th Symphony (2 extremely important events in the composer's career). Perhaps these events could not be discussed in 1980 USSR. However it is a wonderful film and it's narrative reminded of Tarkovky's "The Mirror". I recommend this over the "Shostakovich against Stalin" documentary - Sokhurov has given us a masterpiece of filmaking on the subject of a great composer. I wish everyone could see this film.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?