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Testimony: The Story Of Shostakovich
Testimony: The Story Of Shostakovich


 
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Item #:  DC10010
Our Price: $29.99
Region: 1 (US & Canada Only)
Running Time: 151 minutes
Color: Color
UPC: 032031800595
ISBN: 0-7697-8351-1


Availability: In Stock

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Testimony is one of those comparatively rare events nowadays - real piece of cinema. Tony Palmer's prowess as an editor, his knack of juxtaposing image and music - something which has remained his forte since he first caused a stir back in the Sixties with Buddhist monks burning to The Beatles - has a field day in Testimony. Most importantly for a movie about a composer, there is always the feeling that Palmer understands the music.

For a start he puts to rest the hoary old cliché that the private Dmitri Shostakovich is only to be found in his chamber music - try listening to the Seventh, Eighth, Ninth and Fourteenth symphonies - but he also brings vividly alive musical details (like the composer's use of unison scoring) in color sequences showing the orchestra, as in the climax of the Fifth...a truly remarkable film.

 

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Cast & Crew

Starring:
Ben Kingsley
Terence Rigby
Ronald Pickup

Conducted by:
Rudolf Barshai


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