6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

From “New Babylon” to “King Lear”: The Kozintsev-Shostakovich Collaboration

Partnerships between composers and filmmakers have frequently resulted in narratively rich and cinematically remarkable films. The 40-year relationship between Dmitrii Shostakovich and Grigorii Kozintsev is a prime example. The speakers will discuss the films created through this collaboration against the ever-changing background of the political and ideological transitions from Stalinism, to Khrushchev’s Thaw, and finally, Brezhnev-era Stagnation.

This event is presented in partnership with PostClassical Ensemble and AFI Silver Theater and Cultural Center. The 1929 silent Soviet classic The New Babylon will be screened with Shostakovich’s score performed live by PostClassical Ensemble (DC area premier) on March 30 and 31 at AFI Silver Theater and Culture Center.

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