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Testimony: The Story of Shostakovich is a 1988 British musical drama film directed by Tony Palmer and starring Ben Kingsley, Sherry Baines and Robert Stephens. The film is based on the memoirs of Dmitri Shostakovich (1906–1975) as dictated in the book Testimony (edited by Solomon Volkov, ISBN 0-87910-021-4) and filmed in Panavision. Some consider the book to be a fabrication.

Directed by Tony Palmer
Produced by Michael Kustow
Grahame Jennings
Written by David Rudkin
Starring Ben Kingsley
Music by Dmitri Shostakovich London Philharmonic Orchestra
Cinematography Nic Knowland
Edited by Tony Palmer
Distributed by Digital Classics DVD DVD 2006
Release date
November, 1988
Running time
151 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English





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Further readingEdit

  • Volkov, Solomon: Shostakovich and Stalin: The Extraordinary Relationship Between the Great Composer and the Brutal Dictator; Knopf 2004. ISBN 0-375-41082-1
  • Fay, Laurel: Shostakovich versus Volkov: Whose Testimony? – The Russian Review, vol. 39 no. 4 October 1980 pp. 484–493.

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