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The Music Lovers (1970)

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Piano teacher Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky struggles against his homosexuality by marrying, but unfortunately he chooses a nymphomaniac whom he cannot satisfy.

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Nina (Antonina Milyukova)
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Count Anton Chiluvsky
Kenneth Colley ...
Izabella Telezynska ...
Madame Nadedja von Meck
Maureen Pryor ...
Nina's Mother
Sabina Maydelle ...
Sasha Tchaikovsky
Andrew Faulds ...
Davidov
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Alexei Sofronov
Ben Aris ...
Young Lieutenant
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Koyola
Dennis Myers ...
Von Meck, twin
John Myers ...
Von Meck, twin
Joanne Brown ...
Olga Bredska
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The compelling and bizarre story of Tchaikovsky's life and music. In Ken Russell's own words: "It's the story of the marriage between a homosexual and a nymphomaniac." Written by Jon Dakss <dakss@columbia.edu>

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Biography | Drama | Music

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12 February 1971 (France)  »

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Ken Russell's Film on Tchaikovsky and the Music Lovers  »

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£1,600,000 (estimated)
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Gordon Jackson is wrongly credited by some books as being in this film. See more »

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Antonina Milyukova: I musn't panic. I musn't panic. I musn't...
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Soundtracks

PIANO CONCERTO IN B FLAT MINOR
(slow movement)
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Piano soloist: Raphael Orozco
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Dramatic, yet fun.
6 February 1999 | by See all my reviews

This film is one of Ken Russell's best dramatic romps. He dashes through late 19th Century Russian history without a care to whether it is all in the correct place or not. But that doesn't matter. It's your typical Russell film: Overstated dramatic acting, madness, mental institutions, frilly frocks and women with low-cut dresses and big boobs. As this film recounts the life of 19th Century Russian composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Russell manages to capture a feeling this is essentially Russian. You could almost swear that the story was straight out of a Checkov play, it has that Russian warmth to it. Far more interesting than a long, drawn-out serious biography, The Music Lovers is fun and entertaining in a dramatic way, worth watching. However, keep to the encyclopaedia if you want a proper history of Tchaikovsky's life.


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