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Immortal Beloved -- Gary Oldman stars in this tale of a man of genius, a woman of passion and the mystery of a lifetime. The untold story of Ludwig van Beethoven.
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The genius behind the music. The madness behind the man. The untold love story of Ludwig von Beethoven.
The life and death of the legendary Ludwig van Beethoven. Beside all the work he is known for, the composer... See more » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gary Oldman ... Ludwig van Beethoven

Jeroen Krabbé ... Anton Felix Schindler

Isabella Rossellini ... Anna Marie Erdödy

Johanna ter Steege ... Johanna Reiss

Marco Hofschneider ... Karl van Beethoven

Miriam Margolyes ... Nanette Streicherová

Barry Humphries ... Clemens Metternich

Valeria Golino ... Giulietta Guicciardi
Gerard Horan ... Nikolaus Johann van Beethoven

Christopher Fulford ... Kaspar Anton Carl van Beethoven
Alexandra Pigg ... Therese Obermayer
Luigi Diberti ... Franz Josef Guicciardi

Michael Culkin ... Jakob Hotscevar

Donal Gibson ... Karl Holz
Matthew North ... Young Karl van Beethoven
Geno Lechner ... Josephine von Brunsvik
Claudia Solti ... Theresa von Brunsvik
Rory Edwards ... Wenzel Robert von Gallenberg
Hannes Flaschberger ... Joseph Deym

Leo Faulkner ... Young Ludwig van Beethoven

Fintan McKeown ... Johann van Beethoven, Sr
Everton Nelson ... George Bridgetower
Sandra Voe ... Marie Fröhlich

Bernard Rose ... Elector Max Friedrich
Jindra Petráková ... Lilo Braun

Marek Vasut ... Custody policeman
Hugo Kaminský ... Magistrate
Stanislav Behal ... Ignaz Schuppanzigh
Arnostka Mohelská ... Suzanna Guicciardi
Stepan Hlatky ... Zoltan
Gordon Lovitt ... Metternich's flunky
Anna Kolinska ... Fritzi Erdödy
Ruby Rose ... Mimi Erdödy
Johan Kolinsky ... August Erdödy
Josef Kolínský ... August Erdödy
Jan Kuzelka ... Country policeman
Barbora Srncová ... Erdödy's servant
Bruce Davey ... Artillery captain
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jan Censký ... Captain (uncredited)

Tomás Hanák ... Jacob Raicz (uncredited)
Stanislav Hybler ... Sergeant (uncredited)
Ladislav Kazda ... Landlord (uncredited)
Jirí Patocka ... Pock-marked tramp (uncredited)
Petr Pospíchal ... Thin man (uncredited)
Pavel Vondruska ... Aristocrat (uncredited)

Directed by
Bernard Rose 
Writing credits
Bernard Rose (written by)

Produced by
Bruce Davey .... producer
Stephen McEveety .... executive producer
Cinematography by
Peter Suschitzky (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Dan Rae 
Casting by
Marion Dougherty 
Production Design by
Jirí Hlupý 
Art Direction by
John Myhre (supervising art director)
Olga Rosenfelderova 
Costume Design by
Maurizio Millenotti 
Makeup Department
Ivana Chlostova .... makeup artist
Grazia De Rossi .... head hair stylist
Italo Di Pinto .... hair stylist
Enrico Iacoponi .... makeup artist
Alessandra Sforza .... makeup artist
Fabrizio Sforza .... makeup designer
Jirí Farkas .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Bobo Sobotka .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Chris Silver Finigan .... production manager
Jaroslav Kucera .... production manager: Czech Republic
Jim Lemley .... production manager
Ivan Stefka .... unit manager: Czech Republic
Jan Balzer .... production supervisor (uncredited)
Katerina Schauerová .... production supervisor (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Trey Batchelor .... second assistant director
Lee Cleary .... first assistant director
Kenneth Michael .... second second assistant director
Oldrich Mach .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Milan Babik .... assistant props
Gary Dawson .... stand-by props
Marek Hlupy .... assistant art director
Michael Kraus .... assistant props
Vladimir Planansky .... assistant art director
Karel Vanásek .... property master
Jan Vlasák .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Bob Beher .... foley editor
Bill W. Benton .... sound re-recording mixer
James Beshears .... adr editor
Rick Bozeat .... background effects editor
Chris Carpenter .... sound re-recording mixer
Tomas Choura .... cable person
Clayton Collins .... dialogue editor
Peter Glossop .... sound mixer
Sarah Goldsmith .... dialogue editor
Doug Hemphill .... sound re-recording mixer (as D.M. Hemphill)
Philip A. Hess .... foley editor
Hilda Hodges .... foley artist
Nigel Holland .... sound designer
Nigel Holland .... sound supervisor
Chris Jargo .... adr supervisor
Dave McMoyler .... additional sound (as David McMoyler)
Shaun Mills .... boom operator
Michelle Pazer .... assistant sound editor
Vic Radulich .... sound effects editor
John Roesch .... foley artist
Anne Sawyer .... assistant sound editor
Christopher Sheldon .... foley supervisor
Bill Voigtlander .... adr editor
Kim Waugh .... digital recordist
Mary Jo Lang .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Philip D. Morrill .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Carolyn Tapp .... foley recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Ian Corbould .... special effects assistant
Paul Corbould .... special effects assistant
Garth Inns .... special effects coordinator
Jirí Zavrel .... special effects assistant
Barbora Kolarova .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Steven Warner .... special effects trainee (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Isa Alsup .... computer graphics supervisor
Tricia Henry Ashford .... visual effects executive producer (as Tricia Ashford)
Andrew Eio .... motion control supervisor
David Fuhrer .... digital artist: CFC
Rob Hodgson .... composite artist
Steven T Puri .... visual effects producer
Stuart Robertson .... visual effects supervisor
Janek Sirrs .... composite artist
Christopher Walsh .... computer animator
Christer Hokanson .... visual effects editor (uncredited)
Eric Withee .... digital film technician: RGA/LA (uncredited)
Leo Stransky .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Adolf Borl .... rigger
Ivan Chalupa .... best boy grip
Sandra Dillon .... camera intern
Charlie Freess .... key grip
Jean-Yves Freess .... dolly grip
Artur Frys .... rigger
Michel Garçon .... generator operator
Pal Gyulay .... chief lighting technician
Keith Hamshere .... still photographer
Rawdon Hayne .... first assistant camera
Lukas Klika .... electrician
Zdenek Manych .... playback operator
Jan Ptacek .... rigger
Miroslav Ptack .... rigger (as Miroslav Ptacek)
Patrick Renault .... rigging gaffer
Lubos Simecek .... assistant chief lighting technician
Pavel Stark .... electrician
Petr Sulc .... electrician
Adam Suschitzky .... second assistant camera
Jiri Svenha .... electrician
Jaroslav Ungr .... grip
Jirí Vrána .... electrician
Petr Zavrel .... video assist operator
Jaroslav Zeman .... grip
Daryn Okada .... additional photographer (uncredited)
Casting Department
Petr Hartl .... casting: Czech Republic
Jina Jay .... casting associate: England
Lucie Stocková .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Pierre Bechir .... tailor
Rosemary Burrows .... wardrobe supervisor
Giovanni Casalnuovo .... assistant costume designer (as Gianni Casalnuovo)
Alfonsina Lettieri .... assistant costume designer
Zuzana Máchová .... costumer
Mila Vyborny .... costumer
Bela Friedlová .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Mo Henry .... negative cutter
David Orr .... color timer
Warren Paeff .... assistant film editor
Diana Seel .... assistant film editor
Tom Forletta .... colorist: final video (uncredited)
Music Department
Dean Beville .... music editor
Georg Solti .... musical director (as Sir Georg Solti)
John Stronach .... music supervisor
Richard King .... music scoring engineer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Jiri Husak .... transportation captain
Mike Kreinbrink .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Eva Z. Cabrera .... script supervisor
Sabrina Calley .... assistant production coordinator
Diane Chittell .... production coordinator
Kyle Cooper .... title designer
Susan d'Arcy .... publicist
Penny Dyer .... dialect coach
Joy Ellison .... dialect coach: Ms. Rossellini
Zdenek Fiala .... location manager
Marie Grochová .... production secretary
Monika Hanzlikova .... production assistant
Lil Heyman .... production coordinator
Charles Kaye .... executive assistant: to Sir Georg Solti
George Komrower .... production assistant
Jana Kraliková .... unit interpreter
Martin Krauka .... production assistant
Shauna L. Kroen .... production accountant
Lucienne Lane .... assistant: Mr. Oldman
Alena Lichvarov .... production secretary
Ingrid Mohelska .... unit interpreter
Daniela Pavlova .... unit interpreter
Silvia Ranfagni .... assistant: Mr. Millenotti
Lisa Roberts .... researcher
Katarina Slampova .... assistant: Mr. Rose (as Katarina Slampová)
Ken Smith .... piano consultant
Ivana Stefková .... assistant to production managers
Petr Stemberk .... assistant location manager
Jessica Stoltz .... accounting clerk
Ian Stone .... production assistant
Zuzana Strejckov .... assistant to production managers (as Zuzana Strejcková)
Sinclair Tenenbaum .... legal services: Olesiuk & Co. Inc.
Samantha Thomas .... assistant to producers
Ian Townsend .... piano tutor: Mr. Oldman
Dita Valentinova .... unit interpreter
Bonnie F. Watkins .... assistant: Mr. Davey
Tristan Whalley .... international publicist
Sandra L. Yeary .... assistant accountant
Joëlle François .... press attache: France (uncredited)
Christer Hokanson .... main title editorial (uncredited)
Nelly Jencíková .... financial supervisor (uncredited)
Anne Lara .... press attache: France (uncredited)
Michal Prikryl .... location coordinator: Prague (uncredited)
Michal Prikryl .... location manager: Prague (uncredited)
Steven T Puri .... title producer (uncredited)
Jiri Tichacek .... assistant accounting (uncredited)
Gerardo Sacco .... special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for scenes of violence and sexuality
121 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
SDDS (8 channels) | Dolby Digital
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Did You Know?

What Beethoven says to Schindler during their first meeting (a rehearsal of the Kreutzer sonata) is taken from Tolstoy's short story "The Kreutzer Sonata".See more »
Factual errors: The film depicts Beethoven as being deaf for most of his life, even in his youth. Beethoven could still hear slightly until around 1818 when he went almost completely deaf.See more »
Ludwig van Beethoven:[startled to discover he has been tricked into playing piano for people observing him behind the wall] It is terrible, terrible for you to rob me in this way of my most treasured feelings!See more »
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Referenced in "Jeopardy!: Episode #26.146" (2010)See more »
Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 'Pastorale'See more »


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87 out of 106 people found the following review useful.
Oldman Brings Beethoven To Life, 19 March 2001
Author: jhclues from Salem, Oregon

Ludwig van Beethoven was one of the greatest composers-- some would say THE greatest-- in the history of the world. But what of the man himself? His passions, his loves? The humanness behind the genius? `Immortal Beloved,' written and directed by Bernard Rose, examines the man behind the music in a dramatization focusing on the mystery behind a letter-- written by Beethoven-- found among his effects after his death in 1827. The letter bears no name or address, but was written to a woman to whom he refers as his `immortal beloved,' with nary a clue as to her identity. But in his final will, it is she to whom he bequeaths his estate, and it therefore falls to Beethoven's secretary, Anton Schindler (Jeroen Krabbe), to unravel the mystery and discover her identity. And as Schindler pursues his quest, a portrait of Beethoven, in his most human aspect, emerges. Reminiscent of the approach taken by Orson Welles with `Citizen Kane,' Rose presents a riveting study of the enigmatic genius that was Beethoven. He suggests a man driven by passion and ego, who was under appreciated during his lifetime (as great artists often are), and who grew bitter in the wake of the slings and arrows fate so surreptitiously hurled at him. The great irony of his life, of course, was the deafness that deprived him of the aural beauty of his own creation, an affliction Rose implies was brought about through the brutality of a drunken father who would beat his son about the head and ears (And in retrospect, what a testimony to his genius, that he could write such music in his head without ever hearing an actual note). As Beethoven, Gary Oldman gives an outstanding performance, one for which he should have received acclaim that somehow was never forthcoming. His ability to create a total character, with such incredible emotional depth as he does here, is astounding. It's puzzling as to why so many of his performances are overlooked, especially at Oscar time. Besides this film, consider his work in `Sid and Nancy,' or more recently in `The Contender.' He is simply a tremendous actor who has yet to have his day in the sun. As Beethoven, he so completely immerses himself in the character that his soul is veritably reflected in his eyes. You feel the silent world in which he was confined for most of his life, and it allows you to identify with the inner turmoil with which he had to cope and endure without respite. Most importantly, Oldman makes you feel that unabashed passion that motivated and drove Beethoven on. It's quite simply a remarkable performance. Turning in notable performances as well are Isabella Rossellini, as Anna Marie Erdody, one of the women in Beethoven's life who may or may not have been the one to whom the letter was intended, and Johanna ter Steege, as Johanna, Beethoven's sister-in-law and the mother of his beloved nephew, Karl (Marco Hofschneider). The supporting cast includes Miriam Margolyes (Nanette), Barry Humphries (Clemens), Valeria Golino (Giulietta), Gerard Horan (Nikolaus), Christopher Fulford (Casper), Alexandra Pigg (Therese) and Luigi Diberti (Franz). Beethoven's renown today, of course, exceeds even mythological proportions, which often facilitates the blending of fiction with fact. But with `Immortal Beloved,' whether or not the finer points are historically accurate or not is of little consequence, for at it's heart this is a love story that is engrossing drama that is altogether transporting. It's a memorable film, highlighted by Oldman's performance and, of course, the music. And there are a number of scenes, as well, that are unforgettable and demand mention. One depicting the debut performance of the `Ode to Joy,' and another in which the young Beethoven (played by Leo Faulkner) runs at night through the streets of the city to escape his drunken father (Fintan McKeown), coming at last to a lake, into which he wades to float on his back; and with the camera positioned directly above, looking down upon him, a billion stars are reflected in the water around him. Then slowly the camera pulls back until the young Ludwig blends with the reflected stars to seemingly take his place among all the brightest lights of the firmament. It's a scene that will leave you breathless and remain etched in your memory forever. And it's but one of the more astounding moments from an astounding motion picture that absolutely must not be missed. I rate this one 10/10.

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