The Music Lovers

Ken Russell (director)
Barbara von Meck, Catherine Drinker Bowen (book)
Melvyn Bragg (screenwriter)
Richard Chamberlain, Glenda Jackson (starring)

Beverly Hills, CA: United Artists, 1970. Original photographic mock-up from the 1970 film, showing actor Richard Chamberlain in character, with the background retouched in gray paint, matted and mounted on illustration board. With annotations to the mat and board in manuscript ink and pencil.

Based on the 1937 collection of personal correspondence between Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky and his patron Nadezha von Meck, edited by her granddaughter Barbara von Meck and Catherine Drinker Bowen.

Director Ken Russell's dramatic and visually stunning depiction of composer Tchaikovsky's turbulent life. Presented largely in flashbacks, nightmares, and fantasy sequences, the film illustrates the true stories of his nymphomaniac wife, his homosexual feelings for Count Anton Chiluvsky, and his unusual relationship with his widowed patron, to whom he never spoke.

Shot on location in Somerset, England.

Photograph 8 x 10 inches, board 10 x 15 inches. Generally Very Good plus, lightly age-toned, with faint soil to the bottom right corner.

[Book #152098]