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The Music Lovers (1970)

R  |   |  Biography, Drama, Music  |  12 February 1971 (France)
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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 ...
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Count Anton Chiluvsky
Kenneth Colley ...
Izabella Telezynska ...
Maureen Pryor ...
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Ben Aris ...
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Xavier Russell ...
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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In a biography of Alan Bates director Ken Russell mentions how he offered Bates the lead role of Tchaikovsky during the filming of Women in Love (1969). Although Bates admired the script he turned the role down. See more »

Quotes

Antonina Milyukova: He's never loved another woman, has he, mother? No one else. But I, but I have so *many* lovers, so many lovers, so many, so many! See how many lovers, mother! See how many, how many, how many . . .
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Referenced in Lisztomania (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

STRING QUARTET No. 3
(adante)
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conducted by André Previn with London Symphony Orchestra
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A few boring moments, many terrific ones.
26 August 2002 | by See all my reviews

Although this film is difficult to follow at times (and, reportedly, historically inaccurate, too; I wouldn't know), there are still several reasons to see it:

1) Glenda Jackson's outstanding performance (you won't believe that the actress we see at the final stages of the film is the same one who played Tchaikovsky's wife early on, but it is - her transformation is amazing).

2) Some truly impressive sequences; be sure to watch this movie on tape, so you can rewind it and watch them again.

3) Tchaikovsky's music, of course.

4) Lush sets and costumes.

Ken Russell is a very unpredictable director; just when you think the film is about to start boring you, he'll give you a wonderful moment out of nowhere.


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