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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.

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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
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V.I. Lenin ... Himself (archive footage) (as Lenin)
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Storyline

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.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,335, 27 August 1995

Gross USA:

$253,311

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$253,311
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Theremin is played without being touched; it was the first and is still the only non-contact instrument. See more »

Goofs

In the credits, the song "Someday My Prince Will Come", by Larry Morey and Frank Churchill, is listed as "Someday My Price Will Come". 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 The Mickey Mouse Club that is not available in any of the home-video releases because of rights issues. See more »


Soundtracks

My Troubles Fall Away Like Fallen Leaves
Written by Harry Revel (uncredited)
Arranged and Conducted by Billy May (uncredited)
[Wrongly attributed to The Great Les Baxter as performer]
from the Capitol album "Music for Peace of Mind" (uncredited)
Courtesy Capitol Records
Bax Music
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One of a Kind Instrument
11 November 2016 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

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

While this is not the most exciting documentary you will ever see it does put the focus on an instrument that is unlike any other. This is not a woodwind or percussion, but something altogether different, reacting to the electromagnetic forces of the human body! Those who know what a theremin is know it has strong connotations with science fiction, and has even made its way into some modern music. I had no idea that a theremin was in "Good Vibrations", though the sound is evident. Hearing Brian Wilson ramble is priceless, and we also get quite a bit from Robert Moog, who may be even more famous than Theremin himself.


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