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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)
Max Adrian ...
Christopher Gable ...
Count Anton Chiluvsky
Kenneth Colley ...
Izabella Telezynska ...
Madame Nadedja von Meck
Maureen Pryor ...
Nina's Mother
Sabina Maydelle ...
Sasha Tchaikovsky
Andrew Faulds ...
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Alexei Sofronov
Ben Aris ...
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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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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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The extras playing (miming) the orchestra in the scene featuring Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky playing the 1st Piano Concerto were mostly from the Bristol University Music Department Orchestra. They were paid 7 guineas a day (£7 and 7 shillings) each - the extras in the audience were only on 5 guineas. The scene was filmed in the Music Room of Bath Spa. See more »

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Madame Nadedja von Meck: [concerning Antonina] She'll ruin you! She'll ruin you . . .
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Spoofs Women in Love (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

ROMEO AND JULIET
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Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conducted by André Previn with London Symphony Orchestra
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quite possibly one of the greatest films of ALL time.also the most under rated and misunderstood bios ever made. never has a film so flawlessly combined music and image to create the telling of a mans life through his excessively romantic music combined with equally excessive visuals.its highly operatic in its telling and to some over the top. how anyone can say that after listening to the mans music is beyond me.in short this is without doubt my favorite film ever made.


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