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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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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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 »

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Antonina Milyukova: I musn't panic. I musn't panic. I musn't...
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Featured in Without Walls: The Obituary Show - Ken Russell (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

1812 OVERTURE
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conducted by André Previn with London Symphony Orchestra
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A Visceral Punch
31 March 2001 | by (chicago, Il.) – See all my reviews

"Music Lovers" has long been labored over as another of Ken Russell extravagant excess baggages. Seeing it again has made me realize that the film is rather brilliant--not in cinema style but in conception. From the very start it seems to capture the schizoid world of Tsaichovsky and the social milleau he was forced to grip with. The point of view shots and the subsequent dream sequences in the early portion of the film capture this in brilliant colors and sharp editing. As the musician falls into his double life the scnes build to the scarring climax. Performances are excellent. The film may not be totally accurate, but who cares?


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