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Tony Palmer


157' - 1987 - Drama, Biography - Dialogue: English
Director: Tony Palmer Composer: Dmitri Sjostakovitsj With: Ben Kingsley, Sherry Baines, Magdalen Asquith
Shostakovich was born in 1906, in St. Petersburg. He survived the Russian Revolution and soon became wildly succesful and popular. His symponies and his operas were performed throughout the land, to great acclaim. Then, the fall. Stalin disliked the opera Lady Macbeth; Pravda wrote that Shostakovich's music was chaos. He was denounced and humilated and he apologised. But at least he was not shot and lived on writing music. Yet after the War, Stalin chose to denigrate him, even to the extent of sending Shostakovich to an International Peace Congress in New York and forcing him to castigate those of his fellow musicians who had fled Russia. Shostakovich never forgave himself for this betrayal to his friends. (pressbook)

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Tony Palmer


Dmitri Sjostakovitsj


Ben Kingsley, Sherry Baines, Magdalen Asquith


Tony Palmer, David Rudkin


Tony Palmer

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Countries of production

Denmark, United Kingdom, Sweden, West Germany



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