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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.


Igor Talankin

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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 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


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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Soviet Union



Release Date:

January 1972 (USA) See more »

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Mosfilm See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

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


Color (Sovcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Official submission of Soviet Union for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 44th Academy Awards in 1971. See more »


Version of The Music Lovers (1971) See more »

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Stunning fidelity to the life, sound and look of the composer.
6 January 2004 | by Les MarsdenSee all my reviews

Starring the remarkable Innokenti Smoktunovsky in the title role, this film is completely unlike the Ken Russell debacle 'The Music Lovers.' Talankin's film is absolutely breathtaking in its fidelity to the story of the composer's life as I know it from numerous sources. The resemblance of Smoktunovsky to Tchaikovsky is striking and it's very easy to suspend disbelief and imagine one is watching the composer himself -- and in color!

The film doesn't try to go far afield from simply telling the facts of the composer's life, but then it really doesn't have to: the true story is vastly interesting. Brought to life splendidly are Nadejda von Meck, the Rubinsteins, Hermann Laroche -- all those characters familiar from the musical life of Russia in the late 19th century. Executive Producer Dmitri Tiomkin returned to Russia to arrange and conduct the soundtrack before such cultural exchanges became commonplace. Tiomkin's work with Tchaikovsky's music is respectful and also highly creative at the same time. While 'Tchaikovsky' is certainly not as fanciful as Hollywood or Ken Russell it's all the more rewarding for it.

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