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The War Symphonies: Shostakovich Against Stalin

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Genre:Documentary, Musical
Release Date:January 1, 1997
Running time:77 minutes
Cast:Valery Gergiev, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Flora Litvinova, Graham Haley, Dmitri Shostakovich
Director:Larry Weinstein
Writer:David New, Larry Weinstein

Description: During the Interwar period and World War Two, Joseph Stalin dictated Russia in a bloody manner. Composer Dmitri Shostakovich couldn't agree at all with the policies that the tyrant used, but speaking out loud was impossible. It would have cost him his life. Shostakovich found another way: art. This documentary shows how Shostakovich used his Fourth to Ninth Symphony as a silent protest against the crimes of Stalin.

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