KeepMoving Records presents the premiere release of The Demons of St. Petersburg by the legendary Ennio Morricone. Directed by Giuliano Montaldo (Sacco e Vanzetti, Giordano Bruno, Marco Polo), the film tells the fictionalized life story of Fyodor Dostoyevsky (Miki Manojlovic) who is caught up with political intrigue and a career crisis resulting from his crippling gambling debts. While trying to finish his latest novel on schedule and reveal an anarchist plot targeting the Tsar, the troubled author must fight his inner demons to move forward in life… The Demons of St. Petersburg marks the latest collaboration between Montaldo and Morricone who had scored the majority of the director's films. The key thematic material includes the propulsive anarchist theme for the assassination plot and a darkly passionate love theme for a string quartet and harp which underscores Dostoyevsky's troubled relationship with his stenographist, Anna.
Cinema is a unique and fascinating art form capable of opening our eyes to a new and unknown world. As soon as the lights go out in a theatre, the magic begins, causing viewers to laugh, cry and worry along with the characters. In Russia cinemas came first to the then capital of St. Petersburg. At the beginning of the 20th century, cinemas opened in the northern capital by the dozen, in both the outskirts and the city’s historic centre. The Piccadilly Cinema, built in 1913 on Nevsky Prospect, proved to be particularly popular, and in 1917, another cinema, the Splendid Palace, opened nearby.