A Journey of Dmitry Shostakovich (2006)
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Overall effect ranges from richly amusing (Shostakovich is decidedly less than nostalgic as he recalls providing musical accompaniment for silent movies) to sociopolitically astute.
A documentary grab bag of film clips, diary readings and desultory narration, A Journey of Dmitry Shostakovich peeks at the politics of this controversial composer.
The impressionistic parade of footage [the filmmakers] present is a fascinating spectacle in its own right.
By no means a biography or even a particularly revealing snapshot of Dmitri Shostakovich %u2013 despite excerpts from his own letters %u2013 this doco will be of interest only to his fans and to music colleges, museums and archivists
Despite its cold war orientation, a valuable introduction to one of the last century's great composers filled with stunning images of a bygone era.
Even the casual viewer can see the marks a troubled life left on Shostakovich in the juxtaposition of a vigorous, owlish young pianist performing in the 1930s and the exhausted old man glumly shaking hands and making speeches four decades later.
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