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Tchaikovsky's wife - FILM REVIEW

Tchaikovsky's wife is definitely not a film that aims at an accurate rendition of the composer's life, or that of the true protagonist, his wife. It is rather a nightmarish descent into obsession and mental illness in Serebrennikov's now signature style. The term "dramatisation" describes perfectly Serebrennikov's approach in adapting to the screen one of Tchaikovsky's less known sides: his brief marriage to Antonina Milukova, who apparently was madly in love with Tchaikovsky and through a correspondence inspired him for his opera adaptation of Evgenij Onegin. While the broad biographic element is somewhat accurate, most of the film's content is rather fictionalised or overcharged, obviously opting for an impactful  mise-en-scène rather than a historically coherent or accurate one. Tchaikovsky's music is almost absent, and the coerography of certain sequences reminds more of modern dance than his ballets, pointing at a marginalisation of his figure

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