It Was a Gay Ballnight (1939)

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1865. Katharina goes to a ball in Moscow. There she meets again Tchaikowsky, her first and only love. The young, who is now married to wealthy Michael Iwanowitsch Murakin, a man she does ... See full summary »


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Director:

Carl Froelich

Writers:

Jean Victor (story), Georg Wittuhn (story), Géza von Cziffra (screenplay), Frank Thieß (dialogue), Géza von Cziffra (novel)

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1 July 2004 | Clossius
10
| magnificent song, great Russian scenes, high drama
Of course, to have Tchaikovsky of all people have a heterosexual love affair seems somehow funny today, although his love interest is played by Zarah Leander, who was not one of the greatest UFA stars but who is also a gay icon. In any case, this is a brilliant movie if one likes high drama by divas, and Zarah sings one of the most famous and touching songs of the time, "Nur nicht aus Liebe weinen", which has not lost its charm today. And indeed, some superb ball and society scenes set in Imperial Russia, which for many viewers will only profit through the beautiful black-and-white. Highly recommended to watch on DVD in late Fall while drinking hot chocolate with vodka!

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