A Journey of Dmitry Shostakovich (2006)




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Filmmakers Oksana Dvornichenko and Helga Landauer explore the mystery surrounding the man frequently cited as the greatest composer of the 20th Century in this documentary exploring the life and career of Dmitry Shostakovich. As Dvornichenko and Landauer make the nine day ocean voyage from Moscow to New York, the ideologically fueled propaganda of the Soviet ocean-liner's shipboard events serve as a telling contrast to the highly personal facts surrounding the publicity-shunning composer. Divided into nine chapters - one for each day of the voyage - the film reveals how the retiring genius was forced to choose between his artistic integrity and political ideology after being reluctantly thrust into the public eye.
Documentary , Musical & Performing Arts
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Critic Reviews for A Journey of Dmitry Shostakovich

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

Overall effect ranges from richly amusing (Shostakovich is decidedly less than nostalgic as he recalls providing musical accompaniment for silent movies) to sociopolitically astute.

Full Review… | March 14, 2007
Top Critic

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.

March 14, 2007
New York Times
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The impressionistic parade of footage [the filmmakers] present is a fascinating spectacle in its own right.

Full Review… | March 13, 2007
Village Voice
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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

Full Review… | March 1, 2008
Urban Cinefile

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.

Full Review… | March 15, 2007

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.

Full Review… | March 14, 2007

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