Testimony is a 1988 British independent 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.

Directed byTony Palmer
Written byDavid Rudkin
Produced byMichael Kustow
Grahame Jennings
StarringBen Kingsley
Terence Rigby
Ronald Pickup
John Shrapnel
Liza Goddard
CinematographyNic Knowland
Edited byTony Palmer
Music byDmitri Shostakovich London Philharmonic Orchestra
Distributed byEnterprise Pictures Limited
Release date
November 1988
Running time
157 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

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  • 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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