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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.
Despite the claims of the screenplay, Beethoven had very few intimate relationships with women and is sometimes described as something of a misogynist.
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.
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.
Some extras fainted in the extreme heat during the filming of the funeral scene.
While the actual performances of Beethoven's piano pieces in this film were not played by Gary Oldman, the actor practiced five hours a day so that his movements would be in time with the performances of Murray Perahia, which were done off-camera.
Bernard Rose removed the music from the Columbia and Focus opening segments; he thought they sounded "cheesy" compared to Beethoven.
Stephen Rea turned down the role of Beethoven.
Anthony Hopkins was the original choice to play Beethoven.
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".
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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