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It Was a Gay Ballnight (1939)
"Es war eine rauschende Ballnacht" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  3 November 1939 (USA)
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1865. Katharina goes to a ball in Moscow. There she meets again Tchaikowsky, her first and only love. The young, who is now married to wealthy Michael Iwanowitsch Murakin, a man she does ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
Zarah Leander ...
Aribert Wäscher ...
Michael Iwanowitsch Murakin
Hans Stüwe ...
Marika Rökk ...
Nastassja Petrowna Jarowa, Dancer
Leo Slezak ...
Prof. Otto Hunsinger
Fritz Rasp ...
Porphyr Philippowitsch Kruglikow, Kritiker
Paul Dahlke ...
Iwan Casarowitsch Glykow, Music publisher
Hugo Froelich ...
Vater Jarow
Karl Haubenreißer ...
Gruda, Konzertagent
Karl Hellmer ...
Stepan, Butler
Wolfgang von Schwindt ...
Onkel Jarow
Kurt Vespermann ...
Ferdyschtschenko
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1865. Katharina goes to a ball in Moscow. There she meets again Tchaikowsky, her first and only love. The young, who is now married to wealthy Michael Iwanowitsch Murakin, a man she does not love, has not forgotten Piotr Illich, the (not yet) famous composer. Both are still in love with each other but Piotr is engaged to Nastassia, a dancer, while for her part Katharina cannot leave her husband. Tchaikowky's first love then decides to sacrifice her happiness to the success of the composer, sponsoring him in secret. Something Piotr will learn only years after. When Katharina finds herself free at last it is too late: Tchaikowsky is dying of cholera and she only has time to close his eyes. Written by Guy Bellinger

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A lost love that made music for millions! (print ad for U.S.A. reissue "Life and Loves of Tschaikovsky"

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A proposed Russian state-financed biopic currently titled "Tchaikovsky" was announced in August 2013, with its eventual release scheduled in 2015. But reportedly, it will not address or include reference to the composer's homosexuality. The movie is to be written by Yuriy Arabov. See more »

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Romanze op. 5 (Das Lied, das einst in uns'ren Herzen sang ...)
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performed by Zarah Leander
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Heavy German biopic of Tchaikovsky
30 June 2001 | by (Cambridge, England) – See all my reviews

The film follows part of the adult life of the composer Tchaikowsky, starting in Moscow in 1865. His moods and his loves are touched on, but the film's attempt to be highbrow and dramatic, and in 1939 Germany politically proper, make the film hard work for the viewer.

It's a pity it's in monochrome, because the several ball scenes and the ballet sequence are spectacular but would be fabulous in colour.

Dull acting and direction make the film fail to capture the imagination, and the romantic intrigue is hopelessly lame.

The title means "It was a glittering ball"


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