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shoddy Wikipedia article on The Music Lovers
« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2023, 11:41:11 PM »
The wikipedia article on The Music Lovers list various negative reviews.  One is quoted
"vulgar, excessive, melodramatic and self-indulgent . . ."

The "..." cuts out the words "Tchaikovsky's music is indeed all of these things, yet gloriously so, and the same goes for Ken Russell at his freewheeling best"

The full text is "vulgar, excessive, melodramatic and self-indulgent: Tchaikovsky's music is indeed all of these things, yet gloriously so, and the same goes for Ken Russell at his freewheeling best. The director's first composer biopic for the cinema approaches Tchaikovsky's scores as the expression of extreme emotional turmoil. The drama is at fever pitch throughout, from Peter's disturbing recollections of his mother's painful demise, through fear of exposure of his homosexuality to his misguided cover marriage to social-climbing Antonina Milyukova. Chamberlain doesn't quite have the range required in the central role, though his keyboard skills are impressive, even if it's soloist Rafael Orozco we hear on the soundtrack, while Glenda Jackson is at her most physically committed as the ill-fated Antonina. The whirling camera, mercurial cutting and fantasy interludes capture the music's heady mood swings. It's not subtle, but it is all of a piece" (TJ, Time Out, 10 September 2012, click here).

This is shoddy misrepresentation of the review by TJ, of Tchaikovsky and of Ken Russell.

The Wikipedia article is here
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Music_Lovers#Reception
accessed 3 May 2023

The genuine review is here
https://www.timeout.com/movies/the-music-lovers
accessed 3 May 2023
« Last Edit: May 03, 2023, 11:54:37 PM by Iain Fisher »