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Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey (1993)

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A documentary about the inventor of the first electronic synthesiser instrument and his subsequent life after he was abducted by the KGB as well as a history of his instrument.

Director:

Steven M. Martin
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Leon Theremin Leon Theremin ... Himself - Inventor of the Theremin
Clara Rockmore Clara Rockmore ... Herself - Theremin Virtuoso
Robert Moog Robert Moog ... Himself - Inventor of the Moog Synthesizer
Nicolas Slonimsky Nicolas Slonimsky ... Himself - Composer and Historian
Paul Shure Paul Shure ... Himself - Musician
Henry Solomonoff Henry Solomonoff ... Himself - Theremin Studio Member
Suki Bader Suki Bader ... Herself - Theremin Dancer
Beryl Campbell Beryl Campbell ... Herself - Theremin Dancer
Lydia Kavina Lydia Kavina ... Herself - Theremin's Great Niece
Brian Wilson ... Himself - Founder of The Beach Boys
Todd Rundgren Todd Rundgren ... Himself - Musician and Producer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
V.I. Lenin ... Himself (archive footage) (as Lenin)
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A documentary about the amazing life of Leon Theremin, inventor of the theremin, the electronic musical instrument so beloved of 50s sci-fi movie music. Theremin amazed America with his instrument until his kidnapping by Soviet agents in the mid-30s. Upon his release from a labor camp, he worked on surveillance devices for the KGB. Almost 60 years later , he is brought back to America for a touching reunion with his friends and colleagues. Written by Erik Gregersen <erik@astro.as.utexas.edu>

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The Music He Created Was Strange. His Life Was Even Stranger.


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Rated PG for brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

24 August 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Лев Термен: Электронная одиссея See more »

Filming Locations:

Moscow, Russia See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$187,923
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Kaga Bay,Channel Four Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In 1991, director Steven M. Martin traveled to Moscow, found Léon Theremin, and bought him back to the United States for the first time since 1938. See more »

Goofs

In the documentary, Bob Moog makes a statement to the effect that Stradivarius designed the first violin. "Stradivarius" is not a person but refers to a musical instrument, usually a violin, made by Antonio Stradivari and his family. The violin existed as an instrument for more than a century before the birth of Antonio Stradivari in 1644. See more »

Quotes

Brian Wilson - Founder of The Beach Boys: It sounded like one of those scary movies where - OOOH - a weird trip, you know. Weird facial expressions. Weird, you know. It's almost sexual.
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Alternate Versions

The uncut version of the film contains a segment from that is not available in any of the home-video releases because of rights issues. See more »

Connections

Features The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

Lost Weekend
Written by Miklós Rózsa
Theremin played by Samuel Hoffman
Warner/Chappell Music
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Interesting film
20 November 2006 | by rag-23See all my reviews

I own one of Bob Moog's theremins, and it's the most difficult instrument that I've ever tried to learn to play. This film is a great overview of the instrument, the man that invented it, and the artists who have mastered it. I, too, was glad that the film downplayed the sci-fi gimmicky aspect of the instrument, but that is also an important part of its history. The best use in a film is probably The Day The Earth Stood Still.

Many of the people in the film have since become deceased, so this is a great historical record of Mr. Theremin and Ms. Rockmore. I only wish that I could come close to her artistry with the instrument.

Various companies build and sell theremins, the most popular among them being the late Bob Moog's Big Briar.


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