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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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Karl 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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Amada inmortal  »

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$9,914,409
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The same year this came out, Gary Oldman also starred in Luc Besson's Léon: The Professional (1994), in which he plays a character who is obsessed with Beethoven. 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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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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Featured in Edición Especial Coleccionista: Amor inmortal (2012) See more »

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String Quartet, Op. 130
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by the Juilliard String Quartet
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The wild genius
30 August 1998 | by 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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