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The film is told through Schindler's eyes, but the real Schindler was not a friend of Beethoven and had only a short tenure as the maestro's secretary. It has been claimed that Schindler destroyed 260 of the approximately 400 conversation notebooks and forged entries into the surviving ones.
Beethoven's doctor ordered him to spend the summer of 1812 at the spa in Teplitz. It is certain that he was at Teplitz when he wrote a love letter to his "Immortal Beloved." Her identity has long been a subject of debate with possible candidates including Julie Guicciardi, Therese Malfatti, Josephine Brunsvik, and Antonie Brentano.
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.
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!"
Bernard Rose removed the music from the Columbia and Focus opening segments; he thought they sounded "cheesy" compared to Beethoven.
Despite the claims of the screenplay, Beethoven had very few intimate relationships with women and is sometimes described as something of a misogynist.
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".
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Although the movie stars Gary Oldman and he appears from the very beginning, he does not say anything for the first twenty minutes of the film.
Some extras fainted in the extreme heat during the filming of the funeral scene.
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Anthony Hopkins was the original choice to play Beethoven.
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Jeroen Krabbé, who plays the part of Schindler, was going to play the part of Beethoven. Later on the part went to Gary Oldman and Krabbé was asked to play Schindler.
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Stephen Rea turned down the role of Beethoven.
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