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It Was a Gay Ballnight (1939)

Es war eine rauschende Ballnacht (original title)
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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Iwan Casarowitsch Glykow, Music publisher
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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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melodrama | based on novel | See All (2) »

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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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Finnish censorship visa # 023041. See more »

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Version of Tchaikovsky: 'Fortune and Tragedy' (2007) See more »

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Chanson triste
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performed by Zarah Leander
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magnificent song, great Russian scenes, high drama
1 July 2004 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

Of course, to have Tchaikovsky of all people have a heterosexual love affair seems somehow funny today, although his love interest is played by Zarah Leander, who was not one of the greatest UFA stars but who is also a gay icon. In any case, this is a brilliant movie if one likes high drama by divas, and Zarah sings one of the most famous and touching songs of the time, "Nur nicht aus Liebe weinen", which has not lost its charm today. And indeed, some superb ball and society scenes set in Imperial Russia, which for many viewers will only profit through the beautiful black-and-white. Highly recommended to watch on DVD in late Fall while drinking hot chocolate with vodka!


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