Testimony (1988 film)

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 byTony Palmer
Produced byMichael Kustow
Grahame Jennings
Written byDavid Rudkin
StarringBen Kingsley
Music byDmitri Shostakovich London Philharmonic Orchestra
CinematographyNic Knowland
Edited byTony Palmer
Distributed byDigital Classics DVD DVD 2006
Release date
November 1988
Running time
151 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom





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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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