The Music Lovers


An outrageously fun portrait of famous Russian composer Tchaikovsky

The Music Lovers review

Ken Russell’s gloriously baroque extravaganza plays fast and louche with the life of Tchaikovsky, great and closeted gay Russian composer (Richard Chamberlain in a poodle wig).

We see him embarking on an ill-advised marriage with nymphomaniac Nina (Glenda Jackson, writhing naked on the floor of a train compartment), making it big with the 1812 Overture (sheer Monty Python, this bit) and dying of cholera, all in eye-popping colour with himself’s music emoting lushly on the soundtrack.

It’s unashamedly vulgar and, if you switch off critical filters, enormous fun.

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