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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Marie Erdödy
Nanette Streicherová
Gerard Horan ...
Nikolaus Johann van Beethoven
Kaspar Anton Carl van Beethoven
Alexandra Pigg ...
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.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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(8 channels)|


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


The producers of the film made painstaking effort to ensure that authentic late classical-era pianos were used on set, yet the music that is allegedly coming out of them is unmistakably from a 20th-century instrument. 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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Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by London Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Georg Solti (as Sir Georg Solti)
Performed by Gidon Kremer, violin
Gidon Kremer courtesy of Teldec Classics International GmbH
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The wild genius
30 August 1998 | by (Eatontown, NJ, USA) – See all my reviews

Not quite as dramatic as AMADEUS, to which there are obvious comparisons, it is a powerful film in its own right.

Taking the mysterious letter which Beethoven wrote to his "Immortal beloved" as the starting point, we follow his secretary's attempt to identify the person to whom the letter is addressed. No one knows, to this day, who that person really is, but the film offers an interesting theory.

The letter, however, is just a device to tell the story of the wild genius who personifies the Romantic movement in art. The letter serves much the same purpose as does Rosebud in CITIZEN KANE -- a method of stringing together a series of flashbacks that reveal the personality of the central figure.

The acting is wonderful and the music is powerful.

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