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Khachaturian: A Musician and His Fatherland (2003)




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Based on the memoirs of famed Armenian composer Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978); narrated by Eric Bogosian. Combining rare archival materials from Russian and Armenian archives with interviews, amazing performances and family mementos, "Khachaturian" explores the fine line a man had to tread between being a loyal party functionary and a fighter for artistic freedom. Khachaturian was the Deputy Chairman of the powerful Composer's Union of the Soviet Union, and as a Communist party functionary wielded great influence over the course of Russian music; he was also a comrade and personal friend to dissident composers of the time - Shostakovich, Prokofiev, and others. The life and music of one of the world's most-loved composers provides an interesting prospective into Stalin's regime and the ever changing cultural politics of the Soviet Union. -- © 7th Art Releasing


Critic Reviews for Khachaturian: A Musician and His Fatherland

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (4)

Eric Bogosian's narration ... suggests that a few liberties were taken with the autobiographical material, and Rosen doesn't quite know where to go after chronicling the musician's downfall.

November 19, 2003

[A] sober, intelligent film.

November 19, 2003 | Rating: 3/5

The doc is better suited to public TV, for which it was made, than the big screen.

November 19, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/4

As enthralling as it is informative.

November 19, 2003 | Rating: 4/5

Aram Khachaturian may be one of the most important composers of the last century. That doesn't make him one of the most interesting.

February 26, 2004 | Rating: 2/4

Much like rhythm and melody complement each other in a fine composition, artistry and history come together in this splendid documentary about the great Armenian composer.

November 19, 2003 | Full Review…

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