Tchaikovsky (1971): Soviet Biopic, Best Foreign Language Oscar Nominee

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Original Russian film poster

Igor Talankin directed this Soviet biopic film, featuring Innokenty Smoktunovsky in the role of the famous Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.


Oscar Context:

It was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film as well as the Best Original Song Score and Adaptation.

Tchaikovsky competed for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar with The Garden of the Finzi-Continis from Italy (which won); Dade’s Ka-Den from Japan; The Emigrants from Sweden; and The Policeman from Israel.


Innokenty Smoktunovsky as Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Antonina Shuranova as Nadezhda von Meck
Kirill Lavrov as Władysław Pachulski
Vladislav Strzhelchik as Nikolai Rubinstein
Yevgeny Leonov as Alyosha
Maya Plisetskaya as Désirée Artôt
Bruno Freindlich as Ivan Turgenev
Alla Demidova as Yulia von Meck
Yevgeny Yevstigneyev as Herman Laroche
Nina Agapova as a guest
Maria Vinogradova as a lady calling for the police
Nikolay Trofimov as chief of police
Laurence Harvey as Narrator (English version)


Directed by Igor Talankin
Written by Budimir Metalnikov, Yuri Nagibin, Talankin
Music by Dimitri Tiomkin

Production company: Mosfilm

Release date: 1970

Running time: 157 minutes

Soviet submissions for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar:

Ivan’s Childhood (1963)

War and Peace (1968) winner

The Brothers Karamazov (1969)

Tchaikovsky (1971)

The Dawns Here Are Quiet (1972)

Liberation (1973)

The Ferocious One (1974)

Dersu Uzala (1975) winner

They Fought for Their Country (1976)

The Ascent (1977)

White Bim Black Ear (1978)

Autumn Marathon (1979)

Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears (1980)

O Sport, You Are Peace! (1981)

Private Life (1982)

Vassa (1983)

Wartime Romance (1984)

Come and See (1985)

Wild Pigeon (1986)

Repentance (1987)

Commissar (1988)

Zerograd (1989)

Taxi Blues (1990)

Get Thee Out (1991)