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The story of the great Soviet Composer Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) and his life and career during the rule of Stalin.
In reality, the person who humiliated Dmitri Shostakovich at his U.S. press conference in 1949 was not a journalist, as in this film, but the Russian émigré composer Nicolas Nabokov.
Ask me nothing any more. Ask the music.
When Shostakovich imagines Stalin speaking to him on his deathbed, the position of his head moves between shots.
By the time of his death, August 9, 1975, Dmitri Dmitrievich Shostakovich, People's Artist of the Soviet Union, had completed 15 Symphonies, 15 String Quartets, 4 Operas and 45 Ballets and Film Scores; in all, at least 147 works. By the time of his death, March 5, 1953, Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin, Marshal of the Soviet Union, had murdered, or caused to be put to death, in peacetime, in all, at least 30 million people.