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Testimony (1987)

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Starring (View all)
Ben Kingsley Ben Kingsley
Dmitri Shostakovich
Sherry Baines Sherry Baines
Nina Shostakovich
Magdalen Asquith Magdalen Asquith
Galya Shostakovich
Mark Asquith Mark Asquith
Maxim Shostakovich
Terence Rigby Terence Rigby
Joseph Stalin
Ronald Pickup Ronald Pickup
Marshall Tukhachevsky
John Shrapnel John Shrapnel
Andre Zhdanov
Robert Reynolds Robert Reynolds

Written by (View all)
Tony Palmer Tony Palmer
David Rudkin David Rudkin


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This is a cinematically innovative and philosophically engaging drama about the controversial life of the prolific Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich. Ben Kingsley gives a solid performance as the artist whose creativity was repeatedly restricted by the ideological rigors and aesthetic rigidity of the Communist Party. At the heart of the film is Shostakovich's attentiveness to the barbarities and power plays of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin (Terence Rigby). British director Tony Palmer has fashioned a masterful biography of a major twentieth century artist.
Release date: 1 November 1988
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catherine blake rated this 8/10 1 year ago