[Videolib] Need help with: [Fwd: Shostakovich documentary question]

Carleton L. Jackson (carleton@umd.edu)
Thu, 18 Jan 2007 13:48:36 -0800

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Greetings VRTers:

Any of you here in Seattle or at home have any ideas about the question
below. Not up my alley, but if any one can help please send your advice
directly to me and I will forward. Or if you want, you can contact Ms.
Dopp directly.

Thanks,

Carleton

-- 
Carleton L. Jackson
Librarian, Nonprint Media Services
0300 R. Lee Hornbake Library
University of Maryland Libraries
College Park, Maryland 20742
http://www.lib.umd.edu/NPRINT/cjackson.html
301-405-9226 / fax 301-314-9419
carleton@umd.edu

FORWARDED QUESTION:

Carleton, I'm reviewing a new release of a 1981 film documentary (by Solomon Volkov) about the composer Dimitri Shostakovich. In it is footage I've seen before and I'm trying to determine where! While the camera focuses on a still photo of S's last home, a telephone conversation between him and the conductor/violinist David Oistrakh is played -- I think it is the last time S's voice was captured on tape (and I wonder by whom? KGB tapping into his phone line?) Anyway, the first time I saw this, Oistrakh was identified -- in the film I'm reviewing now, he is not.

I checked the long biopic "Testimony" (starring Ben Kingsley as S) and the footage is not there. It is not included in a recent documentary on the composer Khachaturian (friend of S) that I reviewed a while back. I'm running out of ideas -- though it could have been in a film or TV show about Rostropovich -- or Bernstein -- I think not one just about Oistrakh. I've looked for Volkov credits in WorldCat and nothing rings a bell. Also checked for films about S -- same result. Possibly the footage itself is in some Russian vault that anyone can access now, so not only Volkov would be able to use it.

Does any of this sound familiar to you?

Thanks!

Bonnie

-- 
Bonnie Jo Dopp, Librarian
Special Projects in Performing Arts
Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library
2511 Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742

Phone: 301-405-9221 Fax: 301-314-7170 E-mail: bjdopp@umd.edu

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Carleton, I'm reviewing a new release of a 1981 film documentary (by Solomon Volkov) about the composer Dimitri Shostakovich. In it is footage I've seen before and I'm trying to determine where! While the camera focuses on a still photo of S's last home, a telephone conversation between him and the conductor/violinist David Oistrakh is played -- I think it is the last time S's voice was captured on tape (and I wonder by whom? KGB tapping into his phone line?) Anyway, the first time I saw this, Oistrakh was identified -- in the film I'm reviewing now, he is not.

I checked the long biopic "Testimony" (starring Ben Kingsley as S) and the footage is not there. It is not included in a recent documentary on the composer Khachaturian (friend of S) that I reviewed a while back. I'm running out of ideas -- though it could have been in a film or TV show about Rostropovich -- or Bernstein -- I think not one just about Oistrakh. I've looked for Volkov credits in WorldCat and nothing rings a bell. Also checked for films about S -- same result. Possibly the footage itself is in some Russian vault that anyone can access now, so not only Volkov would be able to use it.

Does any of this sound familiar to you?

Thanks!

Bonnie

-- 
Bonnie Jo Dopp, Librarian
Special Projects in Performing Arts
Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library
2511 Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742

Phone: 301-405-9221 Fax: 301-314-7170 E-mail: bjdopp@umd.edu

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