Immortal Beloved (1994)

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The life and death of the legendary Ludwig van Beethoven. Beside all the work he is known for, the composer once wrote a famous love letter to a nameless beloved and the movie tries to find... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Marie Erdödy
Nanette Streicherová
Gerard Horan ...
Nikolaus Johann van Beethoven
Kaspar Anton Carl van Beethoven
Alexandra Pigg ...
Luigi Diberti ...
Jakob Hotscevar
Karl Holz
Matthew North ...


The life and death of the legendary Ludwig van Beethoven. Beside all the work he is known for, the composer once wrote a famous love letter to a nameless beloved and the movie tries to find out who this beloved was. Not easy as Beethoven has had many women in his life. Written by Smoothhoney1265

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The genius behind the music. The madness behind the man. The untold love story of Ludwig von Beethoven.

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Rated R for scenes of violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 January 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amada inmortal  »

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$14,351,546 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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What Beethoven says to Schindler during their first meeting (a rehearsal of the Kreutzer sonata) is taken from Tolstoy's short story "The Kreutzer Sonata". See more »


The grave shown at the end of the movie is neither Beethoven's grave as it was in 1827 at Währing cemetery nor is it the 1888 one, when his remains were moved to Zentralfriedhof. It is similar but it is missing the harp golden emblem on the middle of the obelisk, near the top, a serpent emblem of eternity, enclosing a butterfly. See more »


Ludwig van Beethoven: [Miss Guicciardi's first piano lesson. She is playing, poorly, a little minuet. She errs, and begins pounding on the keyboard, perhaps to gets some kind of reaction from Beethoven. He says nothing until he realizes she has stopped. He gives his critique] You think that because I do not stop you, that I am not listening.
[She sighs in agreeance]
Ludwig van Beethoven: The manner in which you thump out the notes without the slightest thought as to their meaning is unforgivable. And your lack of passion is unforgivable. I...
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References Citizen Kane (1941) See more »


Für Elise
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
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3 October 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of my all-time favorite movies! I thought the music was well done, and I don't understand the criticisms I've read in this forum at all. The central idea of the movie is just one man's theory of who the "immortal beloved" was. No one knows who it actually was, and most theories I've read disagree with the film. No matter! I thought the premise was interesting, whether or not is was true. What was factual is that Beethoven WAS grouchy (wouldn't you be if you couldn't hear but music was your passion, your life??), and that he had digestive problems. Also factual was that he won custody of his nephew, Karl, and that his relationship with his brother's wife was antagonistic. The other people (countess Erdody, Schindler, etc) were factual people...of course any script written would have to put words in their mouths...big deal. I guess some people just are passionate about what their idea of the truth is (even though NO ONE KNOWS in this case) that they are blinded to the rest. The director is a Beethoven fanatic, and I found this movie to be a loving portrayal. Gary Oldman was absolutely fantastic! He learned to play the piano (spent months doing it) in order to be authentic. Thumbs WAY up on this one.

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