Posted by: admin in Law,Press Regulation on August 26th, 2013

The Tchaikovsky biopic’s filmmakers and producers avoid the heavy hand of the law by censoring certain parts and a great majority of the Russian composer’s sexuality in the biographical film. The increasing efforts of the government to ban “gay propaganda” had prompted many filmmakers and other media producers to censor certain parts of their films to avoid undesired clashes.

Pyotr Tchaikovsky, the world famous classical composer from Russia, is believed to have been gay. However, the biopic’s screenwriter Yuri Arabov said that Tchaikovsky was not gay. According to him, Tchaikovsky grew up without a family and public opinion about him being gay brought about such an infamous reputation next to his name.

The Tchaikovsky biopic was partly funded by the government. However, it was requested that the biopic downplay or avoid discussing the sexuality of Tchaikovsky completely.

The government’s new law banning gay propaganda and education to minors raised concerns about self-regulation and compulsory censorship especially in the media. The Russian government’s Ministry of Culture plays a major role in financing Russian-made movies. Most of these movies are patriotic or historical.

However, some agree that Tchaikovsky was not gay. Alexander Poznansky, who wrote books about Tchaikovsky, said that the composer was never gay in the first place. Most of his books were written based on the diary of the composer and the composer’s brother.


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