As an Italian, I am happy to report this latest little short film about
the death of Tchaikovsky:
Requiescat: Indagine sulle morti di Čajkovskij (2013)
(Requiescat: Investigation into the deaths of Tchaikovsky)
A film by Alberto Luchetti and Ottavio Plini
Creation of Ottavio Plini
Photography of Marco del Rosso and Alberto Luchetti
- Giacomo Beria (Tchaikovsky)
- Attilio Constantino (Congiuratore)
- Stefano Falotico (Voice Inquisitor)
- Valerio Vannini (Modest)
- Monica Maria Seksich (Nadezda von Meck)
- Alberto Luchetti (Alexandre Stenbok-Fermor)
This is a presentation of the creators:
One hundred and twenty years ago, on the night of November 6, 1893,
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky died in St. Petersburg, in the apartment of his
brother. The causes of death are still mysterious, with at least three
situations are very different. What would happen if they were called three
witnesses close to the composer over the last days to tell each one of
these versions? And who, if not Tchaikovsky same, could have the last word
on the issue? The notes of his Sixth Symphony, completed a few weeks
before, there will be companions on this journey, opening the the extreme
truth of this great man.
I understand that I need subtitles to appreciate and judge the film
outside of Italy. Maybe this will be done.
But I have summarized as the authors of the film, make talk Tchaikovsky
at the end:
"No. .. no ... no ... The secret of my life and my death, it is only
in my arte.Il my most intense desire was to render in my music, those
words ... The words of Christ: 'Come to me, you who are suffered, and you
who are oppressed, and you shall be comforted ...'
I sacrificed my life for my art ... and now my art lives for humanity! "
The film is semi-professional of young authors, but it seems to me
interesting, honest and valid.
I found this rendering and explanation of Tchaikovsky's end
sensitive..tho familiar with Italian I found the conversation muddled and
the suicide point of view pretty much discredited....A short film of only
14 minutes long...we have gone through this material of Tchaikovsky's
death time and time again....here they actually introduced the composers
lover the supposed youthful Stenbock..through out the Pathetique thundered
ominously..yes I know its more romantic and dramatic to have the composer
ordered to die by the court of honor again here featured....but if you
know enough of Tchaikovsky's life you know he was not the suicidal
type...leaving aside the theory of the court of honor etc.....and so
sensitive as this short video was I for one who's views are based on
Poznansky's research into the matter cannot accept his suicide.....the
various actors played their roles with sympathy.....if this movie was
expanded it could make a possibly interesting and sympathetic
interpretation of the composers life...
This is the English version (subtitles) of the short film!
Having watched and heard the version with English sub titles it was
more intelligible for me...again as before I say it was a sensitive
attempt to interpret Tchaikovsky's death....yes there were certain
fabrications..I believe even the brother Modest says he is not sure what
happened....a well done job...and thanks to Signor Garganese...!..
Watched the film..dreadful..we don`t need anymore of this conspiracy,
suicide, court of honour drivel. Why don`t we get any version of the
truth, as Poznansky researched and documented?
The 6th Symphony, wasn`t the only music project Tchaikovsky was working
on, when he died from the complications of cholera, but it was the one,
unfortunately, he decided to change the order of the movements of, which
has the slow movement at the end....
Anyone bet he`d have used his usual Symphony movement order, if he`d
any notion of this persistent suicide myth ( which I don`t believe was in
his nature either!),
In answer to Rosemary Belk's question...the fact of the matter is that
fiction or fantasy is more interesting then the prosaic
reality...conspiracy theories are always more intriguing...we had this
discourse already with "Amadeus"...where the author couldn't dwell upon
the bare facts but had to conjure up the old wives tale of Salieri being
the criminal assassin...by gum, even Rimsky Korsakov came up with an opera
on "Mozart and Salieri".....so intrigue, mystery, dark shadows moving in
the night, going who knows where, doing who knows what is what brings
people to the theatre....fantasies even make our lives more rich...when
the visible fails us we turn to the invisible where anything is possible
to assuage man's mortality for instance and his obsession with religion
and the life after death....think of all the great works of religious art
all based on our imagination.....at least that's how I see it...reality
for some is not enough...
I was reluctant to speak to thisyopic due to my total lack of Italian,
but Ms. Belk, totally agree with Monsieur Gasparo, (again!-- Goddammit--
Albert! (Hahahahhah!)) and feel the creators of this short film should be
commended. If for nothing else, their sheer creativity and willingness to
explore. Wish there were English subtitles!
P.S.: Forum, pls keep up great work These threads, (I've been unable to
visit for a little while) are getting even more lively and intriguing!
Mr. Boyd, if you scroll up a bit you will find the film with the
English sub titles thanks to Mr Garganese....I found it moving and
evocative....even with the liberties taken...
I am very pleased that the short film, has attracted interest, and I
still hope. I reported to the authors the publication in this Forum, and
Mr. Alberto Luchetti is happy with co-author Ottavio Plini.
Mr. Luchetti wrote to me:
...I thought precisely to propose a vision on websites lovers of the
matter, as far as, of course, the short film is not entirely faithful to
the hypothesis of the literature on the subject. More than anything else
you start from the suggestions biographical and we make a use, sometimes
also instrumental for the specific purposes of the film. I am very
pleased, however, that it is pleasant and not silly within of its
contents. The risk would be to disturb for nothing a very great man as
On the other hand, Mr. Albert Gasparo, always so kind, attentive and
respectful has highlighted the issue. I very much agree with friend Albert
that this short film, it could be a starting point for a film major.
With the technique of the flashback and flashforward. Modest could tell
you about the side tied to the family (brothers, sister, father,
especially the mother ...).
The count Stenbok-Fermor the side tied to the loves and passions of the
musician, including his nephew Bob (with all the implications).
The von Meck the very special relationship between them and the
connections that are intertwined with the first two components (family and
The figure of Antonina could find a place here ...
And the three theories of death could continue to be maintained as
true, as seen in the short film. But the ending would be exactly what you
see in this little movie now. The explanation lies only in the art.
But I admit that I pushed too hard, for passion.
Thank you all and sorry again for my English not always smooth.
I suggested to the authors of the film my ideas. Mr. Luchetti wrote to
Who knows. Perhaps, sooner or later, comes out a full-length film all
depends on the money!
"Tchaikovsky has a feature miraculous, that it has joined a life so
deep, with a rare capacity to reach directly to the heart of a spectator
also inexperienced. In this sense, it is ideal for this type of
I agree with Mr. Gasparo. The invisible is clearer than visible, or at
Astounded by any suggestion, that Tchaikovsky`s death wasn`t caused by
Cholera, is a travesty of the truth..and what this website has especially
been striving for? read the truth in A. Poznansky`s `Tchaikovsky:A Life
specially written for this website..in particular, the `Epilogue`
And to say that `the fact of the matter is that fiction or fantasy is
more interesting then the prosaic reality.`..need to look at the
remarkable man and the truth/facts about Tchaikovsky`s life..there`s
absolutely nothing remotely `prosaic`about him, no invention necessary,
and insulting to Tchaikovsky.
Rosemary, I did read Poznansky's books esp the one on "Tchaikovsky's
Last Days", which convinced me that the suicide conspiracy theories were a
Regarding what I said that fiction or fantasy is more interesting than
the prosaic reality....that referred to the movies like "Amadeus" where
the author felt compelled to augment Mozart's life with fiction to make it
more exciting..and as a play it was a big hit on Broadway...in almost any
biography of a composer we have had a romantization of their lives....what
I did say was that "Amadeus" fabrications and all was a better movie than
the attempts at creating a film on Tchaikovsky so far....I have read more
than twenty books on or about this composer and am well versed in the
various fortunes of his life....but is our every day life that interesting
to the public?...so far that has not been the case...the Russian film
directed by Talankin is a case in point...he tries to be closer to reality
with exceptions and the result was mere boredom....on the other hand
Russell's..."The Music Lovers" which is almost all pure fantasy with gross
exaggerations of Tchaikovsky's life was a much more engrossing film than
the Talankins....and so no insult was intended...and until I see a movie
on this composer's life that is an exact replica of his life and a great
success I will hold on to these views.....have a good day..