Elegia Zhizni: Rostropovich. Vishnevskaya. (2005)

Elegia Zhizni: Rostropovich. Vishnevskaya.
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating N/A
Runtime 1hr 41mins.
Genres Foreign, Documentary, Biopic, Music, Interview
Keywords opera
Status Wrapped
US Release Date
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Mstislav Rostropovich Actor n/a 1 1000001
Galina Vishnevskaya Actor n/a 1 1000002
Alexander Sokurov Actor n/a 1 1000003
Krzysztof Penderecki Actor n/a 1 1000004
Seiji Ozawa Actor n/a 1 1000005
Alexander Sokurov Director n/a 2 2000001
Alexander Sokurov Producer n/a 3 3000001
Alexander Sokurov Screenplay n/a 120778 4000001
Igor Yerdin Cinematographer n/a 402 6000001
Kirill Moskhovich Cinematographer n/a 402 6000002
Mikhail Golubkov Cinematographer n/a 402 6000003
Sergey Ivanov Editor n/a 172 7000001
Krzysztof Penderecki Original Music Music 120838 8000001
Vladimir Persov Sound n/a 120816 14000001
Charts the life of an international opera legend, Galina Vishnevskaya, with that of her husband, the virtuoso cellist Mstislav Rostropovich. Originally from Leningrad, the soprano gave her first recital at the age of twenty-six, at the famous Bolshoi theatre in Moscow in 1952. Specialising in the Russian repertoire, she has also sung Aida, La Violetta and Cherubino at La Scala in Milan and in the most famous operas and theatres. In 1955, she married Mstislav Rostropovich, who was to accompany her on piano for a series of performances all over the world. In addition to having performed and directed the major works, and in particular those of Prokofiev, she is known and respected for her battles for an art that knows no frontiers and for freedom of expression. Through discussions between director Alexander Sokurov and the two master musicians, recalling the best and worst moments in the latter's lives, the documentary reveals their surprising personalities and also pays tribute to the art of opera.