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The Music Lovers (1971)

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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Tchaikovsky
... Nina (Antonina Milyukova)
... Nicholas Rubinstein
Christopher Gable ... Count Anton Chiluvsky
... Modeste Tchaikovsky
Izabella Telezynska ... Madame Nadedja von Meck
Maureen Pryor ... Nina's Mother
Sabina Maydelle ... Sasha Tchaikovsky
... Davidov
... Alexei Sofronov
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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The Lonely Heart  »

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£1,600,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The extras playing (miming) the orchestra in the scene featuring Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky playing the 1st Piano Concerto were mostly from the Bristol University Music Department Orchestra. They were paid 7 guineas a day (£7 and 7 shillings) each - the extras in the audience were only on 5 guineas. The scene was filmed in the Music Room of Bath Spa. See more »

Quotes

Madame Nadedja von Meck: [concerning Antonina] She'll ruin you! She'll ruin you . . .
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Connections

Referenced in Mahler (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

THE LETTER SONG
from EUGENE ONEGIN
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Vocalist: April Cantelo
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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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