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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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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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melodrama | based on novel

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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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3 November 1939 (USA)  »

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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 Yuri Arabov. See more »

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Version of The Music Lovers (1970) See more »

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Nur nicht aus Liebe weinen
Music by Theo Mackeben
Lyrics by Hans Fritz Beckmann
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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