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TITLE: The Last Waltz - A Portrait of Oleg Karavaichuk as an Old Man
Director: Yuliay Bokova

Genre: Music Documentary

Format: HD



Company: Foundation Kino & Theater

Runtime: 77 minutes.

ID: 426.




Who is Oleg Nikolajevich Karavaichuk? Some personal data indicate that he began to compose as a child and played the piano for Stalin when he was seven. Fact is that he was born in 1927 and died in 2016. After attending the School of Music at the Leningrad Conservatory, mentored by Dmitri Shostakovich and Sviatoslav Richter, he went on to study piano with Samarii Savshinsky at the Leningrad Conservatory. Known for his provocative performances and extravagant appearance he soon clashed with the KGB and turned, as he said himself, to composing music for some 200 movies in order to have his peace. In Bobkova´s film, the last public appearance of the composer, Karavaichuk gave a guided tour through Komarovo remembering the old times before it had become a place for the great and the beautiful both of which he didn´t think highly of.