Song Of My Heart

  • 1947
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Biography, Musical

As spurious a depiction of the life of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky as Ken Russell's subsequent effort THE MUSIC LOVERS, this Benjamin Glazer-directed biopic has little to do with the composer's real life. Told in flashback by a Russian lieutenant whose father was Tchaikovsky's valet (Mikhail Rasumny, giving a splendid performance as both father and son), SONG...read more

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As spurious a depiction of the life of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky as Ken Russell's subsequent effort THE MUSIC LOVERS, this Benjamin Glazer-directed biopic has little to do with the composer's real life. Told in flashback by a Russian lieutenant whose father was Tchaikovsky's valet (Mikhail

Rasumny, giving a splendid performance as both father and son), SONG OF MY HEART ignores the composer's homosexuality, glosses over his brief marriage, and concentrates instead on a fabricated romance between Tchaikovsky and his patron, Princess Amalya (Audrey Long). Swedish actor Frank Sundstrom

takes on the role of Tchaikovsky, with Jose Iturbi dubbing the playing when the composer sits at the piano. The film features excerpts from Tchaikovsky's 4th, 5th, and 6th symphonies, as well as portions of the B-Flat Piano Concerto, "The Nutcracker Suite," "Swan Lake," "The 1812 Overture,"

"Marche Slave," and "Capriccio Italien."

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  • Review: As spurious a depiction of the life of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky as Ken Russell's subsequent effort THE MUSIC LOVERS, this Benjamin Glazer-directed biopic has little to do with the composer's real life. Told in flashback by a Russian lieutenant whose father… (more)

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