The Music Lovers recounts the life of the flamboyant musician Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, a famous Russian composer of the 19th century. One of a series of movies about classical composers directed by Ken Russell with his characteristic idiosyncratic flair, the film focuses on how Tchaikovsky (Richard Chamberlain) dealt with his marriage to the nymphomaniac Antonina Milyukova (Glenda Jackson) while also conducting a homosexual affair with Count Anton Chiluvsky (Christopher Gable.) Russell tells the composer's tragic professional and personal life story via surrealistic flashbacks, bizarre nightmares and fantasy sequences recounting horrors that Tchaikovsky experienced as a young boy. There is little dialogue, but the film features many musical performances -- notably selections from Tchaikovsky's works played by the London Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Andre Previn. Although The Music Lovers claims to be based on a collection of personal letters written by Tchaikovsky himself, many reviewers at the time of its 1970 release faulted it for over-the-top, self-indulgent creative license.