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Tchaikovsky: Two Films (Part One: Tchaikovsky's Women/ Part Two: Fate) [DVD] [2011] [NTSC]

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  • Actors: Vladimir Ashkenazy
  • Directors: Christopher Nupen
  • Format: Classical, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: German, Spanish, French, Italian
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Christopher Nupen films
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Oct. 2009
  • Run Time: 156 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,724 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The Tchaikovsky films are unusual in that they do not use actors to represent the composer but are made entirely of Tchaikovsky s own words and music plus the words of a few of his closest companions. The result gives an exceptionally intimate picture of the inner landscape of Tchaikovsky s work and artistic preoccupations. They are essential viewing for Tchaikovsky fans. The first film, Tchaikovsky s Women (70'15"), looks at the women both in his private life and in his early music. Almost all of his best early work was inspired by deep identification with the plight of his suffering young heroines, an identification so complete that it spilled over repeatedly into his personal life with dramatic consequences: on one occasion leading to attempted suicide. This predeliction began, when Tchaikovsky was 24 years old, with Katerina Kabanova in The Storm. It continued in full flood with Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Francesca da Rimini, Odette in Swan Lake and, above all, Tatyana in Evgeny Onegin. All of these young women make appearances in the film. The second film, Fate (85'35"), looks at Tchaikovsky s strange relationship with Nadezhda von Meck, the most important attachment of in his life, after his mother, while also following his increasing concern with the idea of fate as a controlling influence in his own life and as a motivating force in his later symphonies. What he did not know, despite all his concern and forebodings, was that fate would overtake him, at the age of 53, more tragically than even Tchaikovsky could have foreseen.

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Judging by Tchaikovsky's women, Fate must have been a good film that I sadly missed from the BBC during its launch around 1989. Helen Field as Tatyana in Tchaikovsky's Women (Eugene Onegin, Tatyana is a proxy for Antonina Milukova in the composer's ill starred marriage) is breathtaking and one of the best portrayals of the letter scene one could envisage. The one inaccuracy about the film is fuel on to the rumor that the composer committed suicide. He probably did not.
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HASH(0x8f1183d8) out of 5 stars Christopher Nupen at his best 16 Feb. 2010
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I first bought these two films on laser disc and have enjoyed them often in the intervening years. These DVD transfers are excellent for both picture and sound. Christopher Nupen has his very own distinctive style and these are two of his best films. They merit repeat watching and will bring pleasure to all Tchaikovsky lovers. My only grumble with all the Nupen DVD releases is the lack of English subtitles. Nupen himself speaks most clearly but the same cannot be said of others in the films and the hard of hearing are poorly served. It must also be noted that hundreds of millions of people use English widely as a second language and they really NEED English subtitles to follow the dialogue.
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HASH(0x8f41f9b4) out of 5 stars Tchaikovsky's Women/Fate 15 Dec. 2009
By Julio Feliu - Published on
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Christopher Nupen has done an excellent job in these two films about Tchaikovsky. The narrative is concise and accurate. If you are interested in the life of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, these two documentaries are the best available and a recommended highly. The only flaw contained in the two films is the mediocre choreography given to Cynthia Harvey. Showing a clip or two from the ballets would have been preferable. It would have been nice to include more music and to have included the vocal part to Again, As Before, Alone the last of the Six German Romances, Opus 73. But this is nitpicking. The two Nupen documentaries are the best to date dealing with the life of Tchaikovsky. You won't regret buying this superb DVD.
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