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A Journey of Dmitry Shostakovich

2006
1h 15m
Documentary/Music
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Cast

Dmitri Shostakovich (Self)George WattsHelga Landauer

Directors

Oksana Dvornichenko, Helga Landauer

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Synopsis

The Soviet Union's most famous composer took a sea voyage to America near the end of his life. This remarkable documentary is structured around his days on a Russian cruise ship in 1973. Soviet historical and propaganda footage form a visual counterpoint to a world-weary narration. Ample quotations from Shostakovich's writings give a window on his life story, which also spans twentieth century musical and world history. Unusual footage from his musical works, such as the operas The Nose and Lady Macbeth, are highlights in an elliptical and experimental tour-de-force.

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