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The Life and Loves of Tschaikovsky

The Life and Loves of Tschaikovsky
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Directed byCarl Froelich
Written by
Produced byCarl Froelich
CinematographyFranz Weihmayr
Edited byGustav Lohse
Music byTheo Mackeben
Distributed byUFA
Release date
  • 13 August 1939 (1939-08-13)
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.

It was shot at the Tempelhof Studios in Berlin. The film's sets were designed by the art director Franz Schroedter.


Zarah Leander, a cast in the movie
Zarah Leander, a cast in the movie
  • Zarah Leander as Katharina Alexandrowna Murakina
  • Aribert Wäscher as Michael Iwanowitsch Murakin
  • Hans Stüwe as Pjotr Iljitsch Tschaikowsky
  • Marika Rökk as Nastassja Petrowna Jarowa, Dancer
  • Leo Slezak as Prof. Otto Hunsinger
  • Fritz Rasp as Porphyr Philippowitsch Kruglikow, Kritiker
  • Paul Dahlke as Iwan Casarowitsch Glykow, Music publisher
  • Hugo Froelich as Vater Jarow
  • Karl Haubenreißer as Gruda, Konzertagent
  • Karl Hellmer as Stepan, Butler
  • Wolfgang von Schwindt as Onkel Jarow
  • Kurt Vespermann as Ferdyschtschenko
  • Traute Bengen as Mother waiting at Station
  • Eduard Bornträger as Schwager Jarow
  • Ernst Dumcke as Dmitri Pawlowitsch Miljukin
  • Max Harry Ernst as Guest at Concert
  • Claire Glib as Eine dicke Dame
  • Lotte Goebel as Sonja, Katharina's Maid
  • Grete Greef-Fabri as Mutter Jarrow
  • Karl Hannemann as Pjotr, Murakins Butler
  • Eva Immermann as Eine junge Fürstin
  • Gerda Kuhlmey as Katharina's Guest
  • Maria Loja as Elsa Siebeneiner
  • Benno Mueller as Gast beim Konzert
  • Maria Reisenhofer as Eine alte Fürstin
  • Ferdinand Robert as Guest at Masked Ball
  • Franz Stein as Dr. Ossorgin
  • Arnim Suessenguth as Großfürst Konstantin Konstantinowitsch
  • Leopold von Ledebur as Ein General
  • Eva Wegener as Katharina's Guest


  1. ^ Reimer & Reimer p. 119


  • Kreimeier, Klaus (1999). The Ufa Story: A History of Germany's Greatest Film Company, 1918–1945. University of California Press. ISBN 978-0-520-22069-0.
  • Reimer, Robert C.; Reimer, Carol J. (2010). The A to Z of German Cinema. Scarecrow Press. ISBN 978-1-4617-3186-3.

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