re: "It may be of interest to our readers that this first effort that I
know of a Tchaikovsky biography in film came out in 1947...I never heard
of it but one day many years ago I saw the ending of it and thought it was
pretty awful..." [see this Forum posting
from May 2010 – ed.]
At last, I found a reference to the film I saw as a young girl in the
early 1950s (in Tel-Aviv), the memory of which is still very vivid in my
The image of a very tormented Tchaikovsky wondering about in deserted
streets in a very stormy night, to the pounding sound of what surely was
the first movement of his 4th symphony – that scene still flashes through
my mind every time I hear this movement played. And never will I forget
the final scene, on his deathbed (not unlike Violetta), his patron at his
bedside, helpless and heartbroken, her image becoming gradually more
blurry and out of focus, while tears run uncontrollably down my cheeks...
This film called "The Song of My Heart" as I recall (and I only saw the
end of it in the 1950's) troubled me among other things because it
featured Tchaikovsky wearing a small moustache...aside from all the make
believe and untruths..but all those movies made in the 1940's showed an
utter disregard for the facts of a composer's life and romanticised
everything about them...I can recall movies about Schumann, Chopin, Rimsky
Korsakov, Brahms, this one on Tchaikovsky which appeared at the time.
Others in the pop field about Jerome Kern and George Gershwin all suffered
from the same malady of not sticking to the facts....had very little to do
with reality..Not too long ago I started to see "A Song to Remember" about
Chopin...it had barely started...I saw the beginning and knew right away
this was going to be a slop of make believe and turned it off.....if it
was at least an interesting make believe but no..people have the right to
enjoy what they wish...but I would urge Ms Shochat to maybe read a book or
two about the composer to get a better perspective..in order to
distinguish between fact and fiction...
E 'useless ... Music enthusiasts have always great diffidence for
biographies of the musicians in the movies ...
The music is impossible to be represented, more than any other art.
Exceptions in the cinema (and there are) prove the rule.
It is not useless..these are not music enthusiasts ...people with a
slight knowledge of music may be satisfied with gross
misrepresentations...because they dont know any better..it is either a
good movie or a bad movie...those of us who have reviewed these movies
have a right to be critical..I have seen good representations of
composers...some time ago a life of Verdi was shown as a mini series via
BBC..it was quite respectful of the composers life and stayed within the
realm of truth and reality while at the same time showing the growth of
the composer and his social life with veracity...it was satisfying in
every way...and the actor representing Verdi also had a good likeness to
the composer giving the series a feeling of veracity...not too long ago I
saw a movie on the life of George Gershwin...Rhapsody in Blue...I had not
seen it since 1946 when the movie purporting to be the life of the
composer first came out....at the time because it was new and fresh and I
a child I was very pleased with it being an intro into that composers
music....but more recently having read several bios on the composer it was
simply unacceptable tripe as Mr. Boyd would say...if you want to show the
composers or artists life as it was lived in reality this is possible and
not such a difficult an undertaking...if you want to indulge your own
subjective fantasies as a director then that is misrepresentation..they
are not trying to represent the music...music speaks for itself and as
Tchaikovsky said to Madame von Meck when she started to idolize him...do
not confuse me with my music...however if you want to create a work of
fantasy which still respects the facts of a mans life...that is still
possible..and it must be done with conviction...but that is not what is
happening here..these are not Art works...there are plenty of analysis of
this or that composers work if you want to have a more in depth
understanding of the music...but as for these movies I have mentioned in
my articles they are nothing but schlock...a movie created to titillate
the senses of an unknowing public..it is far easier to make a story up
than search ones sources...and we live in a society which is not very
cultivated in the arts to begin with...back then it was a simpler age and
people were satisfied with less...
This is the first film about Tchaikovsky:
Es war eine rauschende Ballnacht, 1939, Carl Froelich, Germany
interpreter the famous singer and Swedish actress Zarah Leander:
Of course with Tchaikovsky has little to do, but it is a curiosity.
How to writes well Mr. Gasparo then people was content to little.
if we're having a contest about who can name the WORSE bio/drama about
a composer, I would like to suggest "Night And Day." The film purported to
be about the life of Cole Porter, starring Cary Grant, Alexis Smith(?).
A surprising member of the cast is Monty Woolley! One of Porter's real
life (and also homosexual) friends!
Woolley must have read the script and laughed all the way to the bank.
Porter, publicly, said as much.
Porter & Woolley were "cruising" buddies-- if you get my drift.
Hide your sailors! (Hahahahahah!)
Then, of course, we have the lovely "De-Lovely" with Kevin Kline and
Ashley Judd, (another Porter Bio-drama).
Threw-up your hands!
Have no fear, however, (with all modesty) I'm going to write the
definitive Tchaikovsky movie! I have a plan and I know it will work.
I realize in a previous email I said a QUALITY bio/drama of T., could
only be produced on stage.
I was wrong.
However-- back to the present topic. Can anyone top the movie, 'Night
and Day" for pure Bulls**t?
Although Mr. Gasparo has done his best to name them all.
Regards to all,
P.S.: Please do not ask me why films fail composers. Films seem to have
a lot more success with novelists, playwrights and the like. But consider
this: SCREENWRITERS are in the same sorority/fraternity as novelists and
playwrights.. Much more empathy and care is utilized when writing about a
member. And I suppose, I know, screen/playwrights are intimidated by
composers for reasons I can't fathom. (One being most can't even read
music). But composers? The intimidation is there. Same goes for painters.
Filmakers never get them right either.
Thanks to Mr. Garganese suggestion I was able to see the German film
which came out in 1939..."Es war eine rauschende Ballnacht"...which was
supposed to be about Tchaikovsky's life....it is about one hour and twenty
minutes long..shown in ten minute segments....well in truth this had
little to do with the composers life...if you don't understand German
there are no sub titles to help you...so all you get is the gist of the
action....in this one there appears to be two love interests....a blonde
whom he marries but leaves her on the marriage night to get drunk with
some friends...etc..the other is a brunette which appears again at the
last scene...throughout there are bits and pieces of Tchaikovsky's
music..tho some of the music sung is not his...the attractive blonde he
marries is portrayed as being a ballet dancer very normal in
appearance...the last scene is somewhat affecting...here as happened the
composer is conducting the Adagio Lamentoso from the Pathetique...before
he can complete it he gets faint and must retire to an adjoining
room...there he dies...as the brunette sheds tears along side of him..and
so he dies with the Adagio playing in the background...that was most
fitting....other than that this had nothing to do with the composers
life...non of the other characters were real...it was a total construct
about a man called Tchaikovsky....and some of his music...the person
playing the composer sports a mustache at first...is presented as being
firm and with a hard edge...it was well acted and directed but that was
all...maybe there are restraints about making a movie about a real
person...you might have to deal with their heirs...and so here again you
had a movie about much ado about nothing...even less here than in the
others we had mentioned...
Okay Mr. Gasparo!
You win the contest! (Hahahahahahah!)
Just the storyline of that movie: "Es war eine rauschende Ballnacht"
makes the pulse grow very weak.
Feel sorry for you-- having to sit through it. Must have been an hour
and a half of torture!
But not as bad as.. the reward for the worse movie Ive ever seen goes
to the Tchaikovsky effort from the Soviet Union directed by Talankin...that
to me was the low end of cinematography...came out in 1970...never thought
I could ever say about anything..."This is the worse movie ever."
from "boring" to "boringest"...poor in acting, directing, story line
and photography...very amateurish...no redeeming grace..
Since it here and elsewhere, there has been talk of the Russian film
directed by Talankin, some readers of the Forum might be curious to see
This is the link to the official channel of Mosfilm:
The film is in original with English subtitles: just select the option
on the bottom right. The film also has a dubbing in English and French.
A DVD edition with these dubbing (plus the original language) and
subtitles in various languages can be found from "Amazon" (check DVD
I just mention, without going into critical analysis, because any
criticism is vitiated by personal taste.
However, the enthusiast needs to know to be able to talk and discuss.
For this reason I pointed out the link of the German film (a rarity) and
now I write again.
The film Talankin, however, has had two Academy Award nominations and
not just (although the prizes are relative value):
Innokenty Smoktunovsky (who plays Tchaikovsky, in the film directed by
Talankin) was a great Russian actor:
What do be expected from German film of 1939?
"Es war eine rauschende Ballnacht" of course, was a great success.
Was consistent with the "melodrama" in cinema, a taste for Greta Garbo,
Marlene Dietrich and Hollywood with a star as Zarah Leander.
The director, Carl Froelich, is one of the fathers of cinematography.
Unfortunately it was also a convinced National Socialist and widely at
the top in the German cinema of the time.
As noted by Mr. Albert Gasparo, the film has technical values
(direction, acting) as well as a very good photograph, which is not fully
appreciated in the clip on Youtube.
At the beginning of the film a warning says exactly:
"This film is due to the immortal music of Tchaikovsky. The themes of
the movie have been freely developed in close connection with real data."
This can today be cause for discussion, but you could not expect in
1939, wish there were inserted details as in Ken Russell's film ...
Moreover, in the film directed by Forelich, alludes to the relationship
between Tchaikovsky and Madame von Meck, some characteristics of the
musician can be found, although all of this to the present day is not
The biographical narratives of musicians, detailed (falsely detailed),
have created works highly questionable as in the long Italian television
film (1982) about the life of Giuseppe Verdi (9 episodes of 70 minutes
see youtube (only 7 clips):
etc. I have no information of Russian films (Soviet) before the film
directed by Talankin of 1969-70. This is quite strange because the Soviet
film, has created many biographical films around the artists.
However, I found a passage which says that the Russians have made to
circulate many classic German UFA after April 1945, so the movie made by
Froelich was very popular in Russia.
There are also two other biopics around Tchaikovsky.
For one of these, I only know the title and the director (news from
Wikipedia in Russian):
"Tchaikovsky" by Philip Degtyarev (after 2004???).
And then this one:
Апокриф: музыка для Петра и Павла
APOCRYPHA: MUSIC FOR PETER AND PAUL
Directed by: Adel Al-Haddad
Production: Federal Agency for Culture and Cinematography
Duration: 140 min.
Format: col., 35mm, Dolby Digital
Premiere: 23/02/2006 - Issue screen
Screenwriter Yuri Arabs
Operator Andrew Shepelev
Production Designer Anatoly Kochurov
Costume Eugene Chervonskaya
FESTIVALS AND AWARDS
2005 KF "Amur Fall" in Blagoveshchensk Award for his directorial debut
2005 KF "Window to Europe" in Vyborg Prize "Silver Boat" screenwriter of
feature films in competition (Yuri Arabs)
Andrew Savostyanov is Tchaikovsky.
The story imagines a journey of the musician at age 38 by her sister on
the occasion of the premiere of a new composition.
This is the link in Russian, from which I drew the above data. There
are also long excerpts from reviews that can give you an idea of of the
From what we read, even for this film are many doubts on adaptation.
But for an artist in general (and his art course) particularly for
Tchaikovsky, the transposition of his life is really hard. The director
will refer to many things and only an educated public (I mean informed,
already introduced) will understand or can imagine. In the films of
Russell and Talankin this happens: for this reason they generate many
reservations, paradoxically above all by those who know the subject
While film "quiet" as the German or the other American directed by
Glazer (1948) were fun at the time, even though they were misleading and
today they are just a curiosity to know if anything.
The difference between the fictionalized film of 1939 and 1948 and the
others mentioned here, lies in being-Russell, Talankin, etc-"paraphrases"
artistic (also not good), but not documentary or didascalic
reconstructions such as the Italian, around Verdi (1982).
Please excuse my English.
I appreciate the passion of the editors and participants in this forum.
P.S. Another curiosity: here's what realized, in 1913, the director
Carl Froelich (the same director of the film "Es war eine rauschende
The film was made for the centenary of the birth of Wagner.
Was the first movie made by Froelich as a director.
What would we ever do without you?
I, too, appreciate the passion and sense of excitement one
gets/sends/receives from this "Forum."
I used quotations because I hope they editors do not get miffed by the
fact that certain topics we discuss, more or less turn our "forums," into
a "chat room."
Again, congrats, Antonio.
I think we can all name the top 5 BAD Tchaikovsky biopics. I personally
would rank the Russell in there, and definitely the Talankin. Academy
Award nominations you say? (The Academy must be smoking "funny"
cigarettes! Hahahahahah! ) I turn, for a moment, to the documentary form.
Again they do our man no justice. There was one I saw from the BBC
which seemed to be accurate and honest, (the name fails me now). It went
about asking Russian muscians and singers why they loved Tchaikovsky. I
found it somewhat insightful to tell you the truth, so I researched the
One interviewer asked the host of the documentary how HE thought T
died. And his off-the-cuff reply was simple and rude. Something to effect
that Tchaikovsky had probably performed a sexual favor with his tongue to
the posterior of some little, infected (cholera) boy.
I am not kidding! (Hope you're not eating as you read this! Hahahahah!)
This totally turned me off from the host/conductor of the documentary.
And if that famed conductor ever comes to Montreal to conduct the MSO I
shall boycott. Do they say such things, (especially to the media, for the
world to see/read) about heterosexuals who've died of cholera?, (with
proper substitutions of course).
As you must know, privately T., was very comfortable with his
sexuality, (especially after his marriage debacle). Publicly, the stigma,
the family persecution, not to mention a divorce from friends such as von
Meck(?) pierced his endurance and would have been insufferable.
As for this esteemed, host/conductor to come out, (pardon the pun!
Hahahahahah) and utter such ignorant, prejudiced, barroom-blather is
totally inexcusable, not to mention unfathomable.
So what are we to make of the documentary unnamed?
Made by bigot. The same person, (white), who only plays and appreciates
Motown records, yet detests, (to put it mildly), the very ground President
Obama treads upon.
I threw my copy of the DVD away.
Best to you all,
P.S.: I mentioned this doc somewhere else (by name) in these pages, but
don't have the time to look it up right now.
Dear George (Boyd),
it is difficult resist your interventions!
Far be it from me to want monopolizing this discussion between us. But
there are more debates in the forum with many interventions, so I hope
that my extra replication is allowed. Not only to make clear that in the
substance (or good part) agree with you, but to give other data for the
benefit of users. Are those that I have collected over time and as early
as Forum, you and Mr. Albert Gasparo (and still others) have in part
mentioned. Perhaps we can now summarize them here.
Here then-after movies that we have mentioned-a list of documentaries
about Tchaikovsky, almost complete.
- Pride of Prejudice, 1993, UK (a realization radio BBC Radio 3
on disputes relating to the death of Tchaikovsky);
- Who Killed Tchaikovsky?, 1993, UK (a documentary by Anthony
Holden, for the television series "Omnibus" of BBC 1, with the same
5 clips on Youtube.
- Tchaikovsky ("Great Composers"), 1997, UK (BBC in association
with RAI Thematic Channels) by Simon Broughton, (documentary of a
British television series dedicated to the greatest musicians). Are
mixed music and biographical events, by filming in Russia, interviews
with musicians and performers as well as experts, joined by a narrative
and by the "voice" of the composer, Sir Ian McKellen:
- L'homme de verre, 2000, Raymond Saint-Jean.
- La 'Pathétique' de Tchaikovsky - Tschaikowskys 'Pathétique' ,
2006, France, a documentary written and produced by Iossif Pasternak, a
co-production 13 Production / ARTE France. The latest symphony of
musician analyzed in all its aspects musical, expressive and aesthetic
inside and outside Tchaikovsky: is underlined modernity the composition
reached by the author, with links from Wagner to Schoenberg. Very
vintage movies and interviews with specialists. Narrated in Russian,
partial subtitles in French. Youtube posted on the official website of
"Novosibirsk Philharmonic" (channel: Live Novosibirsk Philharmonic).
- Tchaikovsky: The Creation of Greatness and Fortune and Tragedy,
2007, UK (a "docu-drama" in two parts over the life of the musician, the
BBC series The Tchaikovsky Experience. Directed by Matthew Whiteman is
commented by the conductor and composer Charles Hazlewood.
In the "fiction" the musician is played by Ed Stoppard, not
physically so similar with that of Smoktunovskij in the film by Talankin,
The reconstruction is credible in its didactic limit, with certain
loans to the film by Ken Russell. Interventions made by conductor
Hazlewood, verbal and musical. The part documentary was filmed in
Russia, in real places, including Klin. The production-subject to
copyright-you can easily find on the Internet (keywords: discovering
Above Youtube the 7 parts of the first and second part (14 clips).
The first of part I (The Creation of Greatness):
The first of Part II (Fortune and Tragedy):
- Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Two films. Part One:
Tchaikovsky's Women Part Two: Fate, 2009, UK Christopher
Nupen. With the Russian conductor Vladimir Davidovich Ashkenazi at the
head of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. The first part
investigates the relationship life-art about women that regularly
punctuate its production (Francesca, Tatiana, Odette ...).
The second part continues more directly about the report with the
Baroness von Meck, and the presence of the "Fate" perpetual torment of
the composer. The films were broadcast by the BBC with critical acclaim
and they utilize a technique of representation with actors "not reciters,"
but they accompanied by the words of musician himself or his friends,
and-of course-music. The director is a well-known author of the TV
documentary genre of music.
About the "revelations" made by Tom, Dick and Harry (Pierre ou Paul
Jacques - Fulano, Zutano, y Mengano Perengano - Hinz und Kunz - Ivanov,
Petrov, Sidorov or Titius, Gaius et Sempronius) on details of the life
intimate of Tchaikovsky (things for which I was aware), suggested by
specialized bibliography and precisely by the media, we must actually say
that is reached, not the paradoxical, but perhaps even more emptiness (the
However, I am always of the opinion that a student (but also a fervent
fan) must collect all the data, information and judgments, and then
reprocess everything in a synthesis, in order to to find the "true".
In this perspective, the films made by Froelich, Glazer, Talankin,
Russell, Al-Haddad and the documentaries above, they are useful.
A cordial greeting (and excuses to my english)!
P.S. - Even Wal Disney has made a documentary about Tchaikovsky!
Walt Disney in 1959 for the launch of its animated film Sleeping
Beauty (The Sleeping Beauty), whose soundtrack is based on an
arrangement capable of George Bruns of the music of the ballet, he made-in
the television series Disneyland - a short film: "The Peter Tchaikovsky
Story". This brief film was designed by the Disney staff, under the
direction headed by Charles Barton and was introduced by Walt himself on
the screen, with promotional intentions for what was ll'ultima creation of
Disney Studios. The biographical episodes mentioned are completely
correct, but folded and synthesized for the occasion, with obvious
infidelity but not without success. It was included in the "Special
Features" 2008 edition DVD of the cartoon (and later the "Blu-Ray").
A new addition to the discussion.
I am looking wanting to satisfy my curiosity and perhaps of other,
something more around film, quoted below:
Апокриф: музыка для Петра и Павла
APOCRYPHA: MUSIC FOR PETER AND PAUL
Directed by: Adel Al-Haddad
In Youtube I found two short pieces of the film.
Are in original language and obviously too short in order to judge, but
they can give you an idea of how it was done and the film's style.
No intention documentary, nothing fictionalized biography in the style
Froelich, Glazer, and not even a middle way as in the films made by
Talankin and Russell.
Very grotesque, very paradoxical ... it would seem.
In the first piece, Tchaikovsky (Andrew Savostyanov) discusses with a
Mozart (Alex Maklakov):
In the second, the servant "Peter" (played by Alexander Oleshko),
speaks with a Tchaikovsky, in a carriage, while the musician is sitting at
the bottom, drowned out by the luggage ...:
Little, of course, but perhaps Mr. Gasparo and especially Mr. Boyd,
they will say something.
I asked for more clips by Russian friends and who knows you are unable
to see more tracks.
Around documentaries that I mentioned in my last post, I want to add
that on Youtube, there are two the most comfortable clip of the first and
second part of the documentary
Tchaikovsky: The Creation of Greatness and Fortune and Tragedy,
instead of many clips (14 clips):
(first part, 57 minutes)
(second part of 59 minutes)
In English with English subtitles.
Who Killed Tchaikovsky?, 1993, UK
is also placed it on Youtube in only part (49 minutes), instead of 5
This, too, in English with English subtitles.
I also found on Youtube the documentary made by Christopher Nupen:
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Two films. Part One: Tchaikovsky's Women Part
Two: Fate, 2009, UK
(Part 1; 1 hour and 11 minutes)
(Part 2; 1 hour and 26 minutes)
This latest documentary is in English, but the commercial DVD is
subtitled in German, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese.
I point to (in addition to what I wrote in my last post) this
documentary, more musical:
Tchaikovsky Uncovered (DVD) (120 minuti, English)
In this programme Charles Hazlewood explores both versions of the
score, allowing us to follow the final transformation of Tchaikovsky from
aspiring composer into fully fledged classical master. Comparison of these
two scores gives a unique insight into his compositional process - how he
developed themes and ideas; how he painstakingly revised his music; which
ideas he rejected and which he chose to keep. But the central thrust of
the programme is Charles unpacking of the final version of Romeo and
Juliet which guides us through both its detail and its architecture, and
explores how the composer transformed descriptive 'programme music' within
textbook 'classical form' ((from the website "BBC shop").
A step into Youtube:
The clip on Youtube, however, are always subject to removal.
Amazon (search into USA, Europe) has many of these films /
documentaries, for those who want the original dvd.
I think this is the last post of this discussion for four voices.
So, if I may (even against my habits), I want to add to the opinions
and comments of friends (Mrs. Edna Shochat, Mr. Albert Gasparo and Mr.
George Boyd) my thoughts: I judge the movie made by Ken Russell, a
masterpiece (with "Amadeus" made by Miloš Forman), while the documentary
made by Christopher Nupen among all realized, the better.
But, of course, "De gustibus non est disputandum".
And then the music is above all.
Sincerely (and apologies for my mistakes with the English language and
Thanks to Mr. Garganese exhaustive research we may once again review in
some manner the question of bios in film...I did see once again Talankin's
Tchaikovsky of 1970....Mr Garganese points out to the awards this film has
garnered two nominations for the Academy Award for foreign film but did
not win the awards...it won a lesser award from the San Sebastian
International Film Festival...as best actor for the Tchaikovsky role
played by Smoktunovskiy...1970...then Mr Garganese says that he will not
go "into critical analysis,because any criticism is vitiated by personal
taste."....well then is any movie or production going to be free of
criticism for that reason....I dont think so....in viewing the film for
the second time I must admit that it does for the most part adhere to the
actual facts of the composers life...which is more than I can say for the
Russell endeavor.."The Music Lovers"...then Mr. Garganese gives us the
reviews of the lead actors life and career..which points out that it was
an illustrious one...the lead actor does bear a striking resemblance to
Tchaikovsky and being a handsome man on his own right...no one is
questioning his capacity as an actor...its just that the script that he
followed was not of the best...and so I will modify my review...the film
had a measure of truth in showing his initial infatuation with the opera
singer Desiree Artot and her running off with another...how the composer
first became aware of Antonina and how she embarrased him at a party they
gave in his honor ...how he then walked into the Moscow River hoping to
catch cold etc...how Madame von Meck first became interested in him...here
they fudged a bit bringing in Pachulski early on when in fact he was hired
by von Meck much later and asked if Pachulski could have his compositions
reviewed by Tchaikovsky..the composer merely became irritated by this no
talent person in real life...it was Nikolai Rubinstein in fact who brought
to von Mecks attention Tchaikovsky's pecuniary issues hoping she could
help and she did...they completely left out as far as I can see Modest the
composers favorite brother and a person he was very close to...replacing
him with a much older Alyosha his servant and giving this character an
importance he did not have in real life..other than the composers fondness
for him..totally ignored was the composer's homosexuality, anathema to the
Soviet regime....the photography wasn't bad...but as I pointed out the
film simply did not hold my interest...nor did I ever hear of it at the
time it was released....I will continue with my review of Mr Garganese
praiseworthy efforts to bring to our attention some of the lead actors in
the movie industry who invested their time in exploring the more famous
composers...Mr Garganese ends his presentation with a complete version of
a movie made about Wagner for his 100 anniversary,,,,1913..by the same
German director that was to give us in 1939 a movie somewhat based on the
life of Tchaikovsky that we have already discussed...I look forward to
reviewing the Wagner movie...once I've seen it..
It would be interesting to get someone else's veiwpoints on Talankin's
Tchaikovsky...my question is this..is anyones life really that interesting
on a day by day basis?...i dont think so..for a creator its his inner
unseen life that is of interest..but how are we going to get into
that?..that could be another reason why so many of these bios fail...,most
peoples lives simply arent that interesting in retelling...unless you have
someone like Van Gogh who had one crises after the other making his life
very melodramatic and giving him an edge in presenting his biography...and
"Lust for Life was a great film and the most important about an artist
that I'm aware of...but that is personal and subjective...Tchaikovsky
after the Antonina affair lived a life of a country gentleman to whom
nothing of a dramatic nature occurred...except perhaps for his death which
was quick and untimely...he lived comfortably and all his needs were taken
care of...he was not in need or hard pressed in any manner..so how can we
make a drama out of this?...let a good script writer figure that one
I couldn’t find the full version
Mr Purves talking about his film
Review: Tchaikovsky (1969)
We have already covered this subject in some depth on previous
occasions as in the above subject title...here in a rather in depth review
we get a good accounting of the Talankin's Tchaikovsky movie biography put
out in 1969...there may be some who will be interested in this movie
critics assessment of the film..I also entertain the views of the author
with some reservations...its simply a bad movie with few redemptive