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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The scene where Shostakovich and Tukhachevsky discuss Russia's 'special relationship' with Finland, saying that this means the Finns have to grant Russia military bases whether they want to or not, would remind a 1980s audience of the presence of American bases in Britain. See more
When Shostakovich imagines Stalin speaking to him on his deathbed, the position of his head moves between shots. See more
Ask me nothing any more. Ask the music.
By the time of his death, August 9, 1975, Dmitri Dmitrievich Shostakovich, People's Artist of the Soviet Union, had completed 15 Symphonies, 15 String Quartets, 4 Operas and 45 Ballets and Film Scores; in all, at least 147 works. By the time of his death, March 5, 1953, Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin, Marshal of the Soviet Union, had murdered, or caused to be put to death, in peacetime, in all, at least 30 million people. See more