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Tchaikovsky (1970)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama | January 1972 (USA)
The life and work of Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tschaikovsky is shown through his relationship with aristocratic art connoisseur Nadezhda Filaretovna von Meck.

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Igor Talankin
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Innokentiy Smoktunovskiy ... Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Chaikovsky)
Antonina Shuranova ... Natalia von Meck
Kirill Lavrov ... Pahulsky
Vladislav Strzhelchik ... Nicholas Rubinstein
Evgeniy Leonov ... Aliosha
Maya Plisetskaya ... Desire
Bruno Frejndlikh ... Turgenev
Alla Demidova ... Yulia von Meck
Evgeniy Evstigneev ... Laroche
Liliya Yudina Liliya Yudina ... Milyukova
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Laurence Harvey ... Narrator
Ervin Knausmyuller ... Butler
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The life and work of Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tschaikovsky is shown through his relationship with aristocratic art connoisseur Nadezhda Filaretovna von Meck.

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Biography | Drama

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Official submission of Soviet Union for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 44th Academy Awards in 1971. See more »

Connections

Version of Tchaikovsky: 'Fortune and Tragedy' (2007) See more »

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How could this have won any award aside from a Razzie?
25 September 2007 | by goggins-1See all my reviews

This was by far the worst movie I have ever seen in my life. The acting is terrible, the musical score doesn't even fit the scenes - it's just random Tchaikovsky pieces inserted in random places. When some characters are speaking French (they were in France I think, I only got that from one line saying it was good to travel), it's just dubbed over. The actual actors/actresses don't even speak French. To top it off, there are no subtitles indicating what these actors are actually saying. In one scene there is about 2 minutes of yelling between a French transient and somebody walking with Tchaikovsky - very heated discourse - and there are no subtitles. The cinematography is horrific - tons of shaky shots/off center shots/ etc. Basically, this is a film where a bunch of extras were put in with a shoddy story (I'm not entirely sure there was a flowing story), terrible dialogue, and a musical score that never fits the scene. This is, without a doubt, the worst film I have ever seen in my life. This is a travesty of film.


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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

January 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tchaikovsky See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Mosfilm See more »
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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Mono (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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