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Arte: Leningrad Symphonie (G:2017)

Post by Hans1906 » 20 Feb 2021 14:33


Leningrad Symphonie - Eine Stadt kämpft um ihr Leben (E: Leningrad Symphony - A city fights for its life)

Translation from the Arte topic page:
"August 1942: Amidst the incomprehensible suffering of the blockade of Leningrad by the German Wehrmacht, an orchestra conductor is asked to fulfill an almost impossible mission: the performance of Dimitri Shostakovich's 7th Symphony. The performance becomes a symbol of a brief triumph of culture over the barbarism of war.

In September 1941, the German Wehrmacht closes the blockade ring around Leningrad. In the ensuing 872-day siege, over a million civilians meet their deaths. A source of hope during this time is the radio and the music of Karl Eliasberg and his radio orchestra. Eliasberg receives the assignment of a lifetime: to perform Dimitri Shostakovich's 7th Symphony and show the world that Leningrad is alive. But his orchestra has only 16 survivors left. Impressive interviews with contemporary witnesses, unique archive footage from occupied Leningrad and lavishly produced performance scenes trace the harrowing story of the siege of Leningrad, considered one of the greatest war crimes of World War II. At the same time, they document a major propaganda battle: the performance of the "Leningrad Symphony" is still considered a turning point of the war in Russia today

German TV production from 2017, 90 minutes, available online until March 25, 2021.

Link: ... symphonie/

Es ist im Leben wichtig, viel zu wissen.
Manchmal ist es noch wichtiger, zu wissen, daß man nichts weiß.

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