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Documentary on how composer Dmitri Shostakovich used his Fourth to Ninth Symphony as a silent protest against the crimes of Stalin. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Valery Gergiev ... Himself - Conductor "Symphonies Nos. 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9" and "Lady MacBeth of Mtsensk District" / Interviewee / Pianist "Rayok"
Netherlands Radio Philharmonic ... Themselves - Orchestra "Symphonies Nos. 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9"
Flora Litvinova ... Herself - Friend
Graham Haley ... Shostakovich (voice)
Dmitri Shostakovich ... Himself (archive footage)
Dmitri Tolstoy ... Himself - Composer

Joseph Stalin ... Himself (archive footage)
Bulat Minzhilkiev ... Boris - Opera "Lady MacBeth of Mtsensk District" / Himself - Baritone "Rayok"
Irina Loskutova ... Katerina - Opera "Lady MacBeth of Mtsensk District"
The Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre ... Themselves - Orchestra (Opera "Lady MacBeth of Mtsensk District")
Karen Khachaturyan ... Himself - Composer (as Karen Khachaturian)
Abram Gozenpud ... Himself - Musicologist
Mariana Sabinina ... Herself - Musicologist
Mariya Konniskaya ... Herself - Friend
Natan Perelman ... Himself - Friend
Vladimir Rubin ... Himself - Composer
Ilya Musin ... Himself - Conductor
Galina Shostakovich ... Herself - Daughter
Venyamin Basner ... Himself - Composer
Isaac Glikman ... Himself - Shostakovich' Secretary (as Isaak Glikman)
Ksenia Matus ... Herself - Oboeist
Tatyana Vasileva ... Herself - Siege Survivor
Tikhon Khrennikov ... Himself - Secretary of the Composer's Union (also archive footage)
Viacheslav Luhanin ... Himself - Baritone "Rayok" (as Viatcheslav Luhanin)
Yuri Laptev ... Himself - Baritone "Rayok"
Aleksandr Morozov ... Himself - Baritone "Rayok"
Alisa Shebalina ... Herself - Friend

Directed by
Larry Weinstein 
Writing credits
David New  and
Larry Weinstein  and
Gemma van Zeventer  (as Gemma van Zeventer)

Solomon Volkov (dialogue: selections from book "Testimony: The Memoirs of Dmitri Shostakovich")

Produced by
Sven Bellmuth .... line producer: ZDF
Harry de Winter .... producer: IdtV Cultuur
Piet Erkelens .... producer: IdtV Cultuur
Niv Fichman .... producer
Sandra Hasenbos .... assistant executive producer: IdtV Cultuur
Danny Irom .... associate producer: Rhombus Media (as Danny Iron)
Erik Luijten .... line producer: The Netherlands
Sheena Macdonald .... associate producer: Rhombus Media
J.B. Macrander .... line producer: The Netherlands
Eeva-Kaisa Nojonen .... line producer: YLE
Helmut Rost .... producer: ZDF
Patrick Roubroecks .... executive producer: IdtV Cultuur (as Patrick Roubroeks)
Barbara Willis Sweete .... associate producer: Rhombus Media
Juha Vakkuri .... producer: YLE
Willem Vos .... producer: AVRO
Cinematography by
Horst Zeidler (director of photography)
Film Editing by
David New 
Sound Department
Peter Boer .... assistant sound mixer
Paul Durand .... foley assistant
Jean Marie Gijsen .... assistant sound: Philips Classics
Jack Heeren .... foley mixer
Thijs Hoekstra .... sound re-recording artist
Thijs Hoekstra .... sound recording engineer: Philips Classics
David McCallum .... sound editor
Everett Porter .... sound recording engineer: Philips Classics
Donna Powell .... foley artist
Onno Scholtze .... sound engineer
Lou Solakofski .... sound re-recording artist
Jane Tattersall .... sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Valentin Baranovsky .... still photographer: Russia
Klaus-Dieter Brassel .... assistant camera: ZDF (as Claus Dieter Brassel)
Harm Bredero .... electrician: The Netherlands
René de Haan .... still photographer: The Netherlands (as Rene de Haan)
Andy Dorwart .... key grip: The Netherlands
Dick Engelbracht .... best boy: The Netherlands
Gerhardt Fleischer .... cinematographer: ZDF
Michael Garret .... assistant camera: ZDF
Bert Hogenes .... electrician: The Netherlands
Ute Kerstingjohänner .... assistant camera: ZDF (as Ute Kerstingsjohänner)
Heikki Korkeamäki .... remote camera operator
Antti Kuosmanen .... gaffer
Risto Nikkilä .... gaffer (as Risto Nikkila)
Risto Nikkilä .... grip (as Risto Nikkila)
Ville Penttilä .... gaffer (as Ville Pentilla)
Ville Penttilä .... grip (as Ville Pentilla)
Christopher Popp .... additional cinematographer: ZDF
Richard van der Oord .... crane operator: The Netherlands (as Richard van den Oort)
Oscar van Rijn .... electrician: The Netherlands
Franc van Zutphen .... gaffer: The Netherlands (as Frank van Zutphen)
Editorial Department
Wyeth Clarkson .... assistant editor: Rhombus Media
Tina Hahn .... assistant editor: Rhombus Media
Martin Jefferson .... on-line editor
Brian Karn .... on-line editor
Kent McCormick .... colorist
Roland Schlimme .... assistant editor
Jody Shapiro .... post-production coordinator: Rhombus Media
Location Management
Sergei Beck .... location coordinator: St. Petersburg
Vladimir Gabyshev .... location coordinator: Moscow
Music Department
Valery Gergiev .... musician: piano "Rayok"
Jurjen Hempel .... assistant conductor: Netherlands Radio Philharmonic
Thijs Hoekstra .... music editor
Netherlands Radio Philharmonic .... music performers: "Symphonies Nos. 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9"
The Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre .... music performers: "Lady MacBeth of Mtsensk District"
Rob Overman .... orchestra manager: Netherlands Radio Philharmonic
Stan Taal .... music producer: Philips Classics
Transportation Department
Heikki Korkeamäki .... driver
Other crew
Theo Booy .... assistant: Netherlands Radio Philharmonic
Victor Botcharov .... archival film research coordinator: Russia
Victor Botcharov .... archival film researcher: Russia
Mark de Blok .... hothead operator: The Netherlands
Henriette Delissen .... production assistant: The Netherlands
Yosif Feyginberg .... consultant
Mina Filardo .... office manager: Rhombus Media
Bobbie Ganev .... translator: Rhombus Media
Elena Gavrilova .... interpreter: Russia
Valery Gergiev .... artistic director: Mariinsky Theatre
Kathinka Hamburg .... personnel manager: Netherlands Radio Philharmonic
Denis Kalashnikov .... assistant: Maestro Gergiev, Mariinsky Theatre (as Dennis Kalashnikov)
Natasje Kardos .... assistant personnel manager: Netherlands Radio Philharmonic
Philippa King .... head of business affairs: Rhombus Media
Sheena Macdonald .... international distribution: Rhombus International
Alisa Meves .... assistant: Maestro Gergiev, Mariinsky Theatre (as Aliza Mebes)
Linda Pope .... production accountant: Rhombus Media
Jacqueline Sevenster .... librarian: Netherlands Radio Philharmonic
Wasilka Sirakoff .... continuity: ZDF
Julie Soebekti .... production assistant: Rhombus Media
Ad Tamboer .... assistant: Netherlands Radio Philharmonic
Ton van der Meer .... assistant: Netherlands Radio Philharmonic
Gemma van Zeventer .... associate director (as Gemma Van Zeventer)
Brooke Weslak .... office manager: Rhombus Media
Marijke Wiersma .... assistant personnel manager: Netherlands Radio Philharmonic
Elizabeth Wilson .... consultant
Ali .... special thanks
Venyamin Basner .... dedicatee
Venyamin Basner .... very special thanks
Dania .... special thanks
Rui Esteves .... special thanks
Esther .... special thanks
Valery Gergiev .... very special thanks
Isaac Glikman .... very special thanks (as Isaak Glikman)
Abram Gozenpud .... very special thanks
Peter Heuwekemeijer .... special thanks
Alex Ivankine .... acknowledgment: archival footage courtesy of (as Alexander Ivankin)
Jesse .... special thanks
Karen Khachaturyan .... very special thanks (as Karen Khachaturian)
Tikhon Khrennikov .... very special thanks
Mariya Konniskaya .... very special thanks (as Maria Konniskaya)
Flora Litvinova .... very special thanks
Mary .... special thanks
Ksenia Matus .... very special thanks (as Ksenia Matia)
Steve Mayhew .... special thanks: Casablanca Sound Services
David Mortin .... special thanks
Ilya Musin .... very special thanks
Maria Novikova .... very special thanks
Natan Perelman .... very special thanks
Tatyana Petrova .... very special thanks (as Tatiana Petrova)
Vladimir Rubin .... very special thanks
Mariana Sabinina .... very special thanks (as Maria Sabininia)
Nikanor Shabanov .... very special thanks
Galina Shostakovich .... very special thanks
Yelena Sonina .... very special thanks
Maya Toidze .... acknowledgment: archival footage courtesy of (as Maya Toizde)
Dmitri Tolstoy .... very special thanks
Elizabeth Wilson .... special thanks: author of "Shostakovich: a Life Remembered"

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9 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
An incredible musical document!, 1 January 2003
Author: richards1052 from Seattle, WA

This is a remarkable film on the War Symphonies of Shostakovitch & covers roughly the period 1936-1952. There is a seamless quality to the music & interview footage with ea. commenting incisively on the other.

The most powerful & amazing feature of the film is its depiction of the terrifyingly fragile existence that Shostakovich led during this period; thinking that his every breath (& certainly every new piece of music) might be his last if Comrade Stalin disapproved (as he sometimes did).

It is hard to find to view, but worth every cent of effort. Contact Bullfrog Films if you'd like to buy the video (it ain't cheap!)


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