Testimony

Overview

Ben Kingsley stars as celebrated Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich in this lengthy historical biography. Along with Prokofiev, Shostakovich is considered among the elite of the 20th-century composers to emerge from his country. Striving to be true to his art form, the composer was caught in the political crossfire of the Stalin regime and was criticized for being politically ambiguous. Under constant pressure, Shostakovich silenced many of his critics when he remained in Leningrad during the Nazi siege to ...
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Overview

Ben Kingsley stars as celebrated Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich in this lengthy historical biography. Along with Prokofiev, Shostakovich is considered among the elite of the 20th-century composers to emerge from his country. Striving to be true to his art form, the composer was caught in the political crossfire of the Stalin regime and was criticized for being politically ambiguous. Under constant pressure, Shostakovich silenced many of his critics when he remained in Leningrad during the Nazi siege to complete his stirring 7th symphony. Terrence Rigby plays Stalin, with Ronald Pickup as the ill-fated Soviet official Tukhachevsky, another of Stalin's many victims. Shostakovich lived until 1975.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/15/2009
  • UPC: 604388722501
  • Original Release: 1987
  • Source: Tony Palmer Films
  • Region Code: 0
  • Time: 2:31:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 44,754

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ben Kingsley Dmitri Shostakovich
Sherry Baines Nina Shostakovich
Magdalen Asquith Galya
Mark Asquith Maxim Shostakovich
Terence Rigby Stalin
Ronald Pickup Marshall Tukhachevsky
John Shrapnel Zhdanov
Robert Reynolds Brutus
Chris Barrie Carnival Thin Man
Ed Bishop American Commentator
Christopher Bramwell Vanya
Andrew Brittain Malko
Frank Carson Carnival Fat Man
Curly Carter Cross-eyed Man
Rosemary Chamney Concierge
Jane Cox Widow
Chris D'Bray Dorian Gray
Vernon Dobtcheff Gargolovsky
Val Elliot French Schoolmarm
Peter Faulkner Mayakovsky
Margaret Fingergut Christian Woman
Nicholas Fry Maxim at Age 37
Liza Goddard English humanist
Igor Gridneff Blind Man
Joyce Grundy Stalin's Mother
Colin Hurst Stalin's Secretary
Panda Jazz Green
Rodney Litchfield Sherlock Holmes
Van Martin German Humanist
Bronco McLoughlin Cossack
Murray Melvin Film Editor
Mitzi Mueller Nun
Rowena Parr Galya at Age 39
Marita Phillips Mme. Lupinskaya
Dorota Rae Akmatova
David Sharpe Mandelstam
Tracy Spence Tsvetayeva
William Squire Khatchaturyan
Julian Stanley Andre Gide
Robert Stephens Vsevolod Meyerhold
Mark Thrippleton Young Stalin
Robert Urquhart Journalist
Brook Williams H.G. Wells
Peter Woodthorpe Alexander Glazunov
Rudolf Barshai Conductor
Technical Credits
Tony Palmer Director, Editor, Producer, Screenwriter
John Hibbs Costumes/Costume Designer
Grahame Jennings Executive Producer
Michael Kustow Executive Producer
London Philharmonic Orchestra Score Composer
Maureen Murray Associate Producer
David Rudkin Screenwriter
Paul Templeman Art Director
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Tony Palmer's Film of Shostakovich: Testimony
1. Death of a Composer - Glazunov: 8th Symphony [8:28]
2. First Composer of the Revolution - 1st Symphony & The Golden Age Tukhachevsky & Meyerhold [4:04]
3. Stalin - 13th Symphony [2:12]
4. Carnival - 8th Symphony [2:58]
5. Lady Macbeth - Tukhachevsky [9:54]
6. Revolution - 11th Symphony [5:18]
7. Eisenstein & the film studio - 11th Symphony [8:27]
8. At The Bolshoi - 5th Symphony [6:37]
9. At home - Nina, Galya & Maxim: Piano Concerto No.2 [3:06]
10. The Terror - String Quartet No. 8 & 10th Symphony [8:26]
11. The Siege of Leningrad, pt 1 - Vanya: 7th Symphony [12:18]
12. "Then we ate the Jews" 5th Symphony [2:46]
13. Denunciation - Zhdanov [6:57]
14. "To Reach the People" Violin Concerto No. 1 [8:41]
15. America - The Golden Age Polka [13:18]
16. Meeting Stalin - Khatchaturyan: 14th Symphony [7:49]
17. Death of Stalin: 11th Symphony & Mozart Piano Concerto K488 [9:18]
18. "Let the Hammer Fall" - Michelangelo Sonnets [3:48]
19. Babiy Yar - 13th Symphony [13:09]
20. "Have You Seen My Son" - Piano Concerto No. 2 [9:16]
21. 30 Million Dead - String Quartet No. 10 [3:18]
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