The Life and Loves of Tschaikovsky

The Life and Loves of Tschaikovsky
Directed by Carl Froelich
Produced by Carl Froelich
Written by Géza von Cziffra (novel + screenplay)
Frank Thieß
Georg Wittuhn
Jean Victor
Starring Zarah Leander
Aribert Wäscher
Hans Stüwe
Marika Rökk
Music by Theo Mackeben
Cinematography Franz Weihmayr
Edited by Gustav Lohse
Distributed by UFA
Release dates
13 August 1939
Running time
94 minutes
Country Germany
Language German

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


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