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The Music Lovers (1970)

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
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Izabella Telezynska ...
Maureen Pryor ...
Nina's Mother
Sabina Maydelle ...
Andrew Faulds ...
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Ben Aris ...
Young Lieutenant
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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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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Trivia

Gordon Jackson is wrongly credited by some books as being in this film. See more »

Quotes

Peter Tchaikovsky: There's nothing left in me!
Antonina Milyukova: How cruel. How can you say that? Don't I live? Everyone thinks they can do as they like with me! Even you!
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Connections

Version of Tchaikovsky (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

Polovtsian Dances
from "Prince Igor"
Composed by Aleksandr Borodin (as Alexander Borodin)
Played as background to one of Nina's romantic encounters.
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Tragic drama of ill-fated heroes.
9 August 1999 | by (Portland, Oregon) – See all my reviews

One of Richard Chamberlain's most memorable and fringe roles. Glenda Jackson is brilliant. The romance, passion, melodrama, and ultimate tragic fate of the main characters are all intensely portrayed with rich cinematography and the most lavish sets Russell ever used. The film carries that subtle yet omnipresent surreality which is a trademark of Russell's films, and which some find so annoying, and others so seductive and heightening of the experience. A truly wonderful but sad film.


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