Mstislav Rostropovich, the indomitable bow

Author: NAXOS Audiovisual Division

Bruno Monsaingeon’s remarkable film gathers rare archives and new testimonies from his daughters, Olga and Elena Rostropovich, and his friends.

  • Rostropovich & Prokofiev | Copyright: © Audiovisual Division / Naxos Deutschland

    Rostropovich & Prokofiev © Audiovisual Division / Naxos Deutschland

  • Rostropovich | Copyright: © Audiovisual Division / Naxos Deutschland

    Rostropovich © Audiovisual Division / Naxos Deutschland

In 2000, legendary cellist Mstislav Rostropovich handed a suitcase filled with film material to acclaimed documentary filmmaker Bruno Monsaingeon. Drawing on these treasures, The Indomitable Bow is a unique portrait of the real, authentic Rostropovich, a formidable personality and darling of the media and royalty, as well as a complex and deeply political musician constantly engaged in a whirlwind of activities. Including unreleased and archive films of interviews and concert performances from this key figure of the 20th century, The Indomitable Bow is a remarkable testimony of the legendary Slava’s influential life and work.

English title MSTISLAV ROSTROPOVICH, the indomitable bow
Original title MSTISLAV ROSTROPOVITCH, l’Archet indomptable
Production Company IDEALE AUDIENCE – Pierre-Olivier Bardet & Pierre-Martin Juban
Co-Producer ARTE France, Pathé Production
Director Bruno Monsaingeon
Genre Documentary
Production year 2017
Duration 78 min.
Video format HD



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