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)  »

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Amada inmortal  »

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$14,351,546 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Bernard Rose removed the music from the Columbia and Focus opening segments; he thought they sounded "cheesy" compared to Beethoven. See more »


Early in the movie, after her bath, she says, "We were invited to Prince Vichnoski's palace, for a musical evening. Beethoven was going to be there." In the following shot, as the horses are approaching the palace, the shadow of the film crew is visible on the horses. See more »


Anton Felix Schindler: Do you know the name Ludwig van Beethoven?
Frau Streicher: The composer?
Anton Felix Schindler: Yes.
Frau Streicher: I knew him.
Anton Felix Schindler: Did he ever stay here?
Frau Streicher: Are you a policeman?
Anton Felix Schindler: No.
Frau Streicher: Then I will not answer your questions.
Anton Felix Schindler: Oh, please, I'm trying to conclude his affairs.
Frau Streicher: Ah, van Beethoven is dead?
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References A Clockwork Orange (1971) See more »


Violin Sonata in A Major, Op. 47 'Kreutzer'
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by Emanuel Ax, Steve Prutsman (as Stephen Prutsman), Piano - Pamela Frank,
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Underrated masterpiece
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Aspect ratio: 2.39:1 (Panavision)

Sound formats: Dolby Digital / SDDS-8

Following Beethoven's death, his closest friend (Jeroen Krabbé) goes in search of the composer's sole heir, an unnamed woman described as his 'immortal beloved' in a letter which betrays their secret love affair.

Comparisons with AMADEUS (1984) are inevitable, but Bernard Rose's sumptuous biopic is in a veritable league of its own. The director's episodic screenplay relays events in flashback, as Beethoven - played with multilayered conviction by Gary Oldman - is inspired to new heights of artistic endeavor by the three women who dominate his life (Isabella Rosselini, Valeria Golino and Johanna ter Steege), and rendered increasingly bitter by encroaching deafness. Just as tellingly, Rose's handsome film details Beethoven's stormy relationship with a favored nephew (Marco Hofschneider), who was driven to extreme rebellion by the composer's overreaching ambitions. The music is arranged with exquisite grace by Georg Solti, conducting the London Symphony Orchestra: Standout episodes include the moment when Beethoven first plays the 'Moonlight Sonata', and the breathtaking 'Ode to Joy' sequence, framed against an unhappy memory from Beethoven's youth, which culminates in a moment of supreme cinematic glory, one of the most beautiful images this reviewer has ever seen. Vivid production design by Jirí Hlupý, expansive scope photography by Peter Suschitzky; filmed on location in Prague.

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