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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's Mother
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Sasha Tchaikovsky
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Alexei Sofronov
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Young Lieutenant
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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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Gordon Jackson is wrongly credited by some books as being in this film. See more »

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Madame Nadedja von Meck: [concerning Antonina] She'll ruin you! She'll ruin you . . .
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MINIATURE MARCH
Conducted by André Previn with London Symphony Orchestra
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Ken Russell at full tilt.
18 July 2007 | by See all my reviews

"The Music Lovers" captures the Ken Russell style at its best. It's a full blown expression of his romanticized, shocking, exaggerated biographies, previously seen in black and white, low-budget BBC productions (more adequately financed here thanks to the success of "Women In Love"). Russell's excessive style contrasts the supreme beauty of Tchaikovsky's music with the turbulent, tormented, messy life from which it arose. The visual flights of fancy succeed in conveying the musical transcendence. Performances go way over the top, but the treatment calls for it. Richard Chamberlain bravely goes where few actors would in 1970. Glenda Jackson is absolutely fearless. She'll do whatever it takes, from writhing around nude to shaving her head. There's no denying the film is a deliberate assault on the senses, but thoughtful viewers will leave with much to contemplate and digest. I should not omit the fact that it's highly entertaining as well.


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