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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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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

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,335, 27 August 1995

Gross USA:

$253,311

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$253,311
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In addition to being the inventor of the musical instrument that bears his name, Léon Theremin was also the inventor of the eavesdropping electronic-bugging device. 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 »

Connections

Features The Delicate Delinquent (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

Humoresque
Written by Antonín Dvorák (as Dvorak)
Performed by Clara Rockmore and Nadia Reisenberg
Courtesy of Robert Moog
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Clara Rockman? Who is she?
13 July 2004 | by Lorenzo1950See all my reviews

Underfire apparently did see this documentary but does not remember Clara Rockmore's name. Yes, Brian Wilson was annoying and rambled too long. Maybe a psychological study of excessive partying and drug abuse would make for another documentary on rock stars. Seeing Professor Theremin was richly rewarding to me. Clara Rockmore was wonderful to watch. Her mastery of the Theremin is amazing. It took me awhile to make up my mind but I purchased the DVD and I'm glad I did.


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