Khachaturian: A Musician and His Fatherland
Khachaturian: A Musician and His Fatherland (2003)

Based on the memoirs of famed Armenian composer Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978); narrated by Eric Bogosian. Combining rare archival materials from Russian and Armenian archives with interviews, amazing performances and family mementos,… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 31, 2003
DVD Release Date: October 5, 2004
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Ben Kenigsberg
Village Voice

Eric Bogosian's narration ... suggests that a few liberties were taken with the autobiographical material, and Rosen doesn't quite know where to go after chronicling the musician's downfall.

Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

As enthralling as it is informative.

Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide

Rosen attempts to provide a rounded picture of the composer's life and work through archival footage and voice-over readings by Eric Bogosian from Khachaturian's diaries and letters, but the man remains a less vivid presence than his music.

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Dave Kehr
New York Times

[A] sober, intelligent film.

Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Aram Khachaturian may be one of the most important composers of the last century. That doesn't make him one of the most interesting.

Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine

With the exception of the final profiled piece, Spartacus, the segments are unimaginatively photographed -- static shots over the heads of an audience. Still, it is fascinating to learn the history behind the composition of these familiar melodies.

V.A. Musetto
New York Post

The doc is better suited to public TV, for which it was made, than the big screen.

Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Much like rhythm and melody complement each other in a fine composition, artistry and history come together in this splendid documentary about the great Armenian composer.

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