A Journey of Dmitry Shostakovich | 2007
Dmitry Shostakovich, the greatest composer of the 20th century, remains one of its biggest mysteries. Nine chapters are framed by nine days of the last round-trip journey of the composer's life: a trip on a Soviet ocean liner to the United States. The narration, primarily in words of Shostakovich's letters and diaries, sharply contrast the propaganda movies shown on board the ship, as the twentieth century itself weaves myth and reality. Never-before-seen archival fragments of the composer's life--newsreel footage, photographs, letters, and personal memoirs--provide a perspective on issues of the artist versus the state, and truth versus survival.