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Lilacs - Russian director Pavel Lounguine's lavish and extravagant treatment of the life of Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943) - is so heavily fictionalized that it displays not one but two disclaimers at the outset, asserting that it bears no direct relationship to historical facts. The film stars Yevgeny Tsyganov as the chronically ill-tempered Russian composer. Lounguine cuts between episodes from two key periods in Rachmaninov's life; in one substory, he rises to celebrity in late 19th century Russia after being tutored as a prodigy under the aegis of teacher Zverev (Alexei Petrenko).… More