Elegy of life. Rostropovich. Vishnevskaya.

Eleghia zhizni: Rostropovich. Vishnevskaya.

Elegie života. Rostropovič, Višněvská

  • Alexander Sokurov
  • Russia
  • 2006, 110 min
Script: Alexander Sokurov
Photography: Egor Zherdin, Kirill Moshkovich, Mihail Golubkov
Editing: Sergey Ivanov
Sound: Vladimir Persov
Music: Pendereckij
Color: Colour
Language: Russian
Synopsis

On the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the marriage of the Russian cellist Mstislav Rostropovich and the soprano Galina Vishnevskaya, Alexander Sokurov shot a two-part documentary that traces several episodes in the life of the most important couple in twentieth-century music history. _ Rostropovich's impact in the world of musical interpretation is enormous. This performer of Bach and Shostakovich met his future wife Galina - who already had two marriages and the death of child behind her - in 1955 at the Prague Spring Festival. _ In 1974 they decided to emigrate and settled in the United States. Three years later Rostropovich became chief conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington. The Soviet government then stripped him of his citizenship. _ The film shows Rostropovich rehearsing with the Vienna Philharmonic and his wife teaching young singers. The man speaks about the techniques of interpretation, while Galina Pavlovna talks of family and memories of emotions. The director is not just a perceptive interviewer but also a masterful creator, ever perfecting his formal techniques, primarily in the area of montage. _ Alexander Sokurov is one of the most prominent international filmmakers and creators of film style. His solitary quests were rewarded at this year's Locarno Film Festival, where he received the lifetime achievement award. And he continues to make films: Galina Vichnevskaya has accepted a role in his film about the war in Chechnya.

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Festival edition: 2006
Sections: Special Events
Exhibition format: DigiBeta PAL
Subtitle languages: English

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