Testimony

United Kingdom, 1987

Film
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Dimitri Shostakovich, Russian composer, was the most decorated Soviet civilian. He survived the Russian Revolution and World War II and wrote symphonies and operas of great acclaim. He was publicly denounced and humiliated by Stalin for his opera “Lady Macbeth” yet managed to survive the pressures and the purges. This dramatised account of Shostakovich’s life and times, based on his memoirs, is filled with rich images and is superbly played by Ben Kingsley with Terence Rigby as Stalin. Also stars John Shrapnel and Liza Goddard. Shostakovich’s music is played by The London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Rudolf Barshai.

Credits

producer/director

Tony Palmer

production company

Isolde Films

Language

English

Duration

02:32:00:00

Colour

Black and White

ACMI Identifier

39371

Audience classification

PG

Subject categories

Adaptations

Biographical

Drama

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Soviet Union - Politics and government

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - Great Britain

History → Biography

History → Soviet Union - History

History → Stalin, Joseph, 1879-1953

Literature → Russian literature - Film and video adaptations

Music & Performing Arts → Composers - Soviet Union

Music & Performing Arts → Shostakovich, Dimitri Dmitrievich, 1906-1975

People → Biography

People → Shostakovich, Dimitri Dmitrievich, 1906-1975

People → Stalin, Joseph, 1879-1953

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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