Love Song: The Triumph and Tragedy of Tchaikovsky (2014)

Sensational biopic that reveals for the first time the heart-breaking story behind Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet which spawned the world's most famous love theme.


Ian Woodward


Ian Woodward (screenplay), Ian Woodward




Cast overview, first billed only:
Simon Alexander Simon Alexander ... Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Lee Farrell Lee Farrell ... Eduard Zak
Aimee Craft Aimee Craft ... Antonina Milyukova
Vicky Album Vicky Album ... Désirée Artôt
Joe Shefer Joe Shefer ... The Priest
Annika Álofti Annika Álofti ... Vera Zakova
Alex Mott Alex Mott ... Andrei Zak
Véronique Sevegrand Véronique Sevegrand ... Nadezhda von Meck (as Veronica Sevegrand)
Jennifer Oliver Jennifer Oliver ... Young Lover & Young Society Lady
Vilius Tumalavicius Vilius Tumalavicius ... Young Lover
Steve Carroll Steve Carroll ... Tsar Alexander III
Jed Perez Jed Perez ... Alexie Sofronov
Marcus Payne Marcus Payne ... Anatoly Tchaikovsky
Courtney Harrison Courtney Harrison ... Josef Kotek
Simon Willshire Simon Willshire ... Tchaikovsky's Drinking Companion


Love Song is based on life-long, ground-breaking research by Tchaikovsky aficionado and filmmaker Ian Woodward who reveals for the first time the heart-breaking true story behind the creation of Tchaikovsky's fantasy overture Romeo and Juliet which gave the world one of the most famous love themes ever written. The facts are presented in biopic form. All the characters depicted in the film actually existed, although some moments have been fictionalised to fill-in gaps where details are scant or non-existent. The result is Love Song: The Triumph and Tragedy of Tchaikovsky. A cinematic first that will rock the classical music Establishment. The filmmaker's detective work into Tchaikovsky's fantasy overture Romeo and Juliet meant that for many years he held a secret bombshell...that although the world's most famous Love Theme has been used in hundreds of films, TV shows and commercials, usually during that moment when one character first spots their true love, it is NOT about a teenage ... Written by Ian Woodward

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When Romeo and Juliet's love music that is NOT about a teenage boy and girl in love - not even about a girl


Short | Drama







Release Date:

16 February 2014 (USA) See more »

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Encore Films See more »
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Color (HD)

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16:9 HD
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DÉSIRÉE ARTÔT became a singing teacher after her retirement and died in Paris 14 years after the death of Tchaikovsky. ANTONINA MILYUKOVA, who outlived Tchaikovsky by 24 years - spending the last 20 of them in an insane asylum - never stopped loving her husband. NADEZHDA VON MECK, who supported Tchaikovsky financially for 13 years, died of heart-break barely two months after the composer's death. ALEXEI SOFRONOV inherited much of Tchaikovsky's wealth and, after buying the house at Klin, helped to found the Tchaikovsky memorial museum which exists to this day. TSAR ALEXANDER III awarded Tchaikovsky a lifetime pension, paid the costs of the composer's epic funeral, and died 11 months later. TCHAIKOVSKY, through the sale and performance of his music on disc, television and the stage, in films and the concert hall, became the world's most popular and biggest-selling composer. EDUARD ZAK'S family history, following his suicide, remains a mystery. But as the inspiration behind one of the most famous love themes ever written, Eduard's legacy will endure for as long as romance inflames the human spirit. See more »

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