The Music Lovers
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- Sales Rank:69,037
- Languages:English (Unknown), English (Original Language)
- Running Time:124 Minutes
- Rating:R (Restricted)
- Aspect Ratio:1.77:1
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- Dimensions (in):7.5 x 5.5 x 0.6
- Release Date:October 12, 2011
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Ken Russell directs Richard Chamberlain and Glenda Jackson as ill- matched lovers in this divine bio-pic of the great musician Peter Tchaikovsky -- a lavish film filled with brilliant Tchaikovsky music selections.
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Furious, violently bombastic, terribly unsettling, Ken Russell's 1970 biography of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky (Richard Chamberlain) is a portrait of artistic brilliance beset by the Russian composer's mounting guilt over, well, everything: his homosexuality, his marriage to the increasingly miserable and mad Nina (Glenda Jackson), his hidden attraction to Count Anton Chiluvsky (Christopher Gable), and his suggestively incestuous relations with a sister while growing up. Consumed by his art to the point of explosiveness, Tchaikovsky has increasing difficulty coping with his life, finding some solace in the distant love proffered by his rich patroness (who refuses to meet him but communicates her feelings through letters). Russell intends the film to be a bumpy and harsh ride that descends into grotesque tragedy as Nina is confined to a monstrous asylum and Tchaikovsky becomes ill. Still, there are a few of the usual pop-surreal sequences of which the director is so fond, most memorably a loony visual accompaniment for the 1812 Overture. --Tom Keogh
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