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Reilly: The Ace Of Spies (adventure, starring Sam Neill)

     (PBS Primetime, 1984)

     [a 1983 British mini-series from which aired in the U.S. on PBS, 
      starring American actor Sam Neill as Sidney Reilly (whose 
      birth name was Sigmund Rosenblum) -- considered the greatest 
      British spy who ever lived; He was a Russian-born man educated
      in Britain -- whose exploits ranged from saving diplomats in
      the jungles of South America to inflitrating the German High 
      Command during World War I; He made and lost several fortunes,
      had many love affairs and wives which scandalously overlapped;
      a mystery surrounds whether he died in Russia or was "turned"
      into a double agent; In comparison with the fictional life
      of James Bond, Reillly's life may prove the old adage that 
     "truth is stranger than fiction";

      The mini-series was based upon a couple of books about Reilly
      written by Robin Bruce Lockhart; some historians are convinced
      a number of Lockhart's sources provided him with disinformation
      or were otherwise innacurate; but this only fueled the fire of
      legend about him...;

      David Suchet, who perhaps is best known in as Belgian detective
      Hercule Poirot, was also in the cast of this production from 
      Euston Films (U.K.) released by British Thames Television]


Theme: "Theme from 'Reilly, Ace Of Spies'" based upon the Shostakovich "Romance"

    [this theme is extracted from "Romance" -- a cue from incidental
     music for the film "The Gadfly" (1955) -- by the 20th-century
     Russian classical composer Dmitri Shostakovich]

     Original Composer: Dmitri Dmitrievich Shostakovich (1906 - 1975)

     Adapter: Harry Rabinowitz (ASCAP)

     Orig. Publisher (of "Romance"): G. Schirmer & Co. (ASCAP)

     1983 Publisher: Standard Music, Ltd. (London), 
                     US representative: Agga Music Company, Inc.

     2001 Publisher: [listed without publisher in the ASCAP database]

     U.S. Copyright Date:
     U.S. Renewal   Date:

     Adaptation Date: 1983

     Recordings:
            CD: "Public Television's Greatest Hits" (1990)
                 The United Kingdom Symphony Orchestra
                 conducted by Harry Rabinowitz, M. B. E.
                 BMG Records 60470-2-RC

            CD: "SHOSTAKOVICH: The Gadfly/Five Days-Five Nights"
                 The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine
                 conducted by Theodre Kuchar
                 Naxos Classical 8.553229




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