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The Music Lovers

Ken Russell Reino Unido, 1971

Richmond Hill's rating of the film La pasión de vivir

Fecund and thunderous, this is a high peak of Russellism: broad of metaphor and wide of parody. It doesn't play entirely fair with the subtleties of Tchaikovsky's life, although the cloying claustrophobia of his various hangers-on, like bees around the proverbial honeypot, is keenly captured (the raison d'etre of the film). Nevertheless it's energising to the eye and ear, with enormously fantastic swoops and troughs.