Seven year old Sasha practices violin every day to satisfy the ambition of his parents. Already withdrawn as a result of his routines, Sasha quickly regains confidence when he accidentally ... See full summary »
Soviet Union, near the Chinese border, 1923. A stranger has just come in this little country village. He is a teacher, sent by the Communist Party to teach the ignorant masses. But the ... See full summary »
Marianne, some thirty years after divorcing Johan, decides to visit her ex-husband at his summer home. She arrives in the middle of a family drama between Johan's son from another marriage and his granddaughter.
The Russian poet Andrei Gorchakov, accompanied by guide and translator Eugenia, is traveling through Italy researching the life of an 18th-century Russian composer. In an ancient spa town, ... See full summary »
During World War II, 12-year old Ivan works as a spy on the eastern front. The small Ivan can cross the German lines unnoticed to collect information. Three Soviet officers try to take care... See full summary »
The film is based on the musical recording of the famous opera by Modest Mussorgsky about the tragic events surrounding the ruling of the Russian tsar Boris in the early 17th century. The ... See full summary »
Like the Russian poet of 'Nostalghia', who, accompanied by his Italian guide and translator, traveled through Italy researching the life of an 18th-century Russian composer, Andrei ... See full summary »
This Mussorgsky opera of the 1872 version was filmed at the Mariinsky Theatre in 1990. It was The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden production by Andrei Tarkovsky (famous for his cinema, "Andrei Rublev"). This DVD version was directed by Stephen Lawless and television version by Humphrey Burton. The leads being sung by Robert Lloyd, Olga Borodina, Alexei Steblianko, Sergei Leiferkus and the orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev of the Kirov Opera of St Petersburg.
The GRAMOPHONE states, "This is masterly on almost every count, musical and visual, and would now be the outright choice for this work in all media...Front stage, as it were, are some of the best of the current generation of Russian singers...Gergiev is another of the recording's heros. Seldom, if ever... has the score sounded so hauntingly beautiful and apt for this huge panorama of seventeenth-century Russia... Don't miss this riveting experience."
Personally,I experienced the comment by my father, Dr. D W Stomberg, many years ago that the San Francisco staged production was boring, he almost fell asleep during the presentation.
Not now, say I, this is all of the aforementioned and more! Thank you Philips for giving us this DVD. It is much appreciated.
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