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.
"The best British film of the year." - Films & Filming
"Exciting and deeply moving piece of cinema." - The Independent
"Ben Kingsley, while not resembling the artist, commands attention as few can. Testimony is a deeply difficult piece of cinema, but also a profoundly effective and impressive one. It's totally unique and totally in tune with its powerful subject matter." - Gerry Putzer, DVD Talk
Starring: Ben KingsleyTerence RigbyRonald Pickup
Conducted by:Rudolf Barshai
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