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Altovaya sonata. Dmitriy Shostakovich (1981)

The life and work of the great Russian composer Dmitriy Shostakovich is presented in this documentary through rare images and audios from many archives, at one time censored by the Soviet ... See full summary »
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Tamara Alyoshina Tamara Alyoshina ... Self (archive footage)
Sergei Prokofiev ... Self (archive footage)
Dmitri Shostakovich ... Self (archive footage)
Joseph Stalin ... Self (archive footage)
Andrei Zhdanov Andrei Zhdanov ... Self (archive footage)
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The life and work of the great Russian composer Dmitriy Shostakovich is presented in this documentary through rare images and audios from many archives, at one time censored by the Soviet government. A brief take on his life, from his transition as an early prodigy to a first rate artist, his celebrated compositions and the final years with a declining health. Written by Rodrigo Amaro

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Fine documentary about Shostakovich - and surprisingly straightforward from Sokurov
2 September 2012 | by Andy-296See all my reviews

The films of Russia's Alexander Sokurov can be extremely opaque, but this documentary about famed composer Dmitri Shostakovich, made early in his film career, is straightforward and very rewarding (perhaps because this time he codirected with Semen Aranovich). Made in 1980, early in Sokurov's career and just a few years after Shostakovich death, it was unreleased for a decade (though it is not clear why, since the movie in a large part shies away from dealing with the composer's problems with the authorities during Stalin's rule). It makes great use of documentary footage. A highlight of the movie is a recorded telephone conversation between Shostakovich (in his old age) and a conductor about the latter's performance of his works.


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Soviet Union

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Russian

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1981 (Soviet Union) See more »

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Sonata for Viola. Dmitri Shostakovitch See more »

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| (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente) | (DVD)

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