Filmed in Russia, France and England, Igor Talankin’s lavish biopic of Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky paints the picture of an artist who expressed his deepest sorrows and greatest joys in his passionate works.
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Episodic, impressionistic artist biopic that's quite a bit better than most, which seldom display much artistry. Since it's a Soviet film, the character trait of the composer that would be any current biopic's sole raison d'être goes unmentioned. The filmmakers know what's important: the music, the struggle. And in its 2.5 hours it accumulates a quiet power that culminates in those affecting wordless final minutes.