The Life and Loves of Tschaikovsky

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The Life and Loves of Tschaikovsky
Directed byCarl Froelich
Produced byCarl Froelich
Written byGéza von Cziffra (novel + screenplay)
Frank Thieß
Georg Wittuhn
Jean Victor
StarringZarah Leander
Aribert Wäscher
Hans Stüwe
Marika Rökk
Music byTheo Mackeben
CinematographyFranz Weihmayr
Edited byGustav Lohse
Distributed byUFA
Release date
13 August 1939
Running time
94 minutes

The Life and Loves of Tschaikovsky or It Was a Lovely Night at the Ball (German:Es war eine rauschende Ballnacht) is a 1939 German historical drama film directed by Carl Froelich and starring Zarah Leander, Aribert Wäscher and Hans Stüwe.[1] The film portrays the fictional relationship between the Russian composer Pjotr Iljitsch Tschaikowsky and an aristocratic woman who, unhappily married, falls in love with him and decides to secretly support his work financially. It premiered on 13 August 1939 at the Venice Film Festival.



  1. ^ Reimer & Reimer p.119


  • Kreimeier, Klaus. The Ufa Story: A History of Germany's Greatest Film Company, 1918-1945. University of California Press, 1999.
  • Reimer, Robert C. & Reimer, Carol J. The A to Z of German Cinema. Scarecrow Press, 2010.

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