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Immortal Beloved (1994)

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

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Anna Marie Erdödy
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Nanette Streicherová
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Nikolaus Johann van Beethoven
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Kaspar Anton Carl van Beethoven
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The life and death of the legendary Ludwig van Beethoven. Besides 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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27 January 1995 (USA)  »

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$14,351,546 (USA)
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Though played by a different musician in the officially released film soundtrack, Gary Oldman is actually playing all of the Beethoven pieces he is seen performing in the film. When he learned he would be playing the lead role, he spent six weeks practicing on a Steinway piano for six hours a day in his hotel; and completely immersed himself in the music as his research for the character. In an interview with the south bank show in 1997, Gary quoted an article that said "he mimes very well" in the film. In answer to which, Gary laughed and said "I'm playing it! I can play that!" See more »

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When the Countess Erdödy's home is hit, during Napoleon's bombing of Vienna, her son is thrown by the blast before it actually hits. See more »

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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.
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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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Spoofed in Burn-E (2008) See more »

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Für Elise
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by Murray Perahia
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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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