Saturday, November 10, 2007

Dostoevsky, With Feelings

Eduard Artemyev, soundtrack composer for 150 films including Andrei Tarkovsky's sci-fi thriller "Solaris," -- has adapted a new rock opera version of "Crime and Punishment." It's a labour of love, and it took 28 years for him to compose the 2 1/2 hours of music. [Complete report here; via the Literary Saloon]

Apparently Tim Rice (wasn't he on the "Rocky Horror Show"?) was in the audience, and it has been rumoured he is interested in staging "Crime and Punishment" on Broadway.

Also worthy of note:

Meanwhile a new Bollywood musical, "Saawariya," or "Beloved," based on the short story "White Nights," is set to make a splash in India this month.

Dostoevsky in Bollywood?

I have no words.

2 comments:

Matt said...

I'm curious how he will stage the scene in which Rascholnikov killed the pawnwoman.

Dark Orpheus said...

Dostoevsky in opera - how could anyone think it would be a good idea?

Now, Dostoevsky in Bollywood - with back-up dancers! That I want to see!