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:

6 January 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amada inmortal  »

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$14,351,546 (USA)

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(8 channels)|


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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 »


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: [in reference to "Violin Sonata in A Major, Op. 47" - "Kreutzer"... ] Do you like it?
Anton Felix Schindler: Shh!
Ludwig van Beethoven: I cannot hear them, but I know they are making a hash of it. What do you think? Music is... a dreadful thing. What is it? I don't understand it. What does it mean?
Anton Felix Schindler: It - it exalts the soul.
Ludwig van Beethoven: Utter nonsense. If you hear a marching band, is your soul exalted? No, you march. If you hear a waltz, you dance. If you hear a mass, you take communion. It is the power of music to carry one directly into the mental ...
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References Citizen Kane (1941) See more »


Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 55 'Eroica'
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by London Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Georg Solti (as Sir Georg Solti)
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mysterious Beethoven biopic
1 February 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Bernard Rose's superior film about the life of Ludwig van Beethoven takes as its central premise a mention in the composer's will of an 'immortal beloved', identity unknown. So far, so intriguing.

With the casting of versatile British actor Gary Oldman as Beethoven, there was potential for a lot of depth of character (which we get, as the passage of time convinces throughout as Beethoven moves from skirt-chasing youth to crabby and deaf old age).

Also impressive within the cast are Jeroen Krabbé as Schindler, Johanna ter Steege as Johanna Reiss, and Isabella Rossellini as Anna Marie Erdody. What could have been a stodgy film is buoyed up greatly by their presence, but it is the central performance of Oldman which counts (he really is a peerless performer of real-life characters - Sid Vicious, Joe Orton, Lee Harvey Oswald ...).

My only gripe would be that the music is sometimes given short shrift, but when it is there, it is wonderful. You get the emotional impact in the snatches of sonatas, symphonies and concertos you hear - but it would have been nice to acknowledge that the film was about a creative artist and musician and let us hear a bit more of his work!

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