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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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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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$14,351,546 (USA)
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While the actual performances of Beethoven's piano pieces in this film were not played by Gary Oldman, the actor practiced five hours a day so that his movements would be in time with the performances of Murray Perahia, which were done off-camera. See more »

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At his first public recital, Ludwig was eight years-old (some sources report seven) and his father announced him as six, yet the movie conveys, via voiceover, that Ludwig was "12 and his father told the court he was nine". See more »

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Ludwig van Beethoven: Music is... a dreadful thing.
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References Barry Lyndon (1975) See more »

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Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by London Symphony Orchestra
Conducted Georg Solti (as Sir Georg Solti)
Performed by Vinson Cole tenor, with London Voices
Chorus master: Terry Edwards
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Undeniably great film
1 November 2002 | by (Annapolis, MD) – See all my reviews

The life of Beethoven was a fascinating one and while Immortal Beloved is not entirely accurate at times, it matters not. The movie merely portrays the music. Its sole purpose, seemingly, is to show the passion of this man via his music. This is the only instance that I can think of where the screenplay and plot were manipulated to fit with the music and not the other way around. Oldman gives an outstanding performance. He evokes passions similar to those conjured by Beethoven's music. He was the perfect choice for the role. I cannot praise this movie enough without sounding like an executive from Columbia Tristar. Watch the movie. Some scenes are simply inspirational.


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