On June 9 1804 Ludwig Von Beethoven and his pupil Ries assemble a small group of musicians to give the first performance of his third symphony,the Bonaparte,to his patron Prince Lobkowitz ... See full summary »
On June 9 1804 Ludwig Von Beethoven and his pupil Ries assemble a small group of musicians to give the first performance of his third symphony,the Bonaparte,to his patron Prince Lobkowitz and his guests,including hypercritical Count Dietrichstein,in Vienna. The piece provokes political arguments among players and onlookers as to whether Bonaparte is a tyrant,or,as Beethoven believes,a liberator. The composer is also rejected by former love the recently widowed Josephine Von Deym though the visiting elder statesman of composers Haydn pays him a strange compliment. Leaving the gathering Beethoven confesses to Ries that he is losing his hearing and later he reads that Bonaparte has declared himself the French emperor. As a result he will lose all respect for Napoleon and will change the symphony's title to the Eroica. Written by
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Beethoven's assistant was Ferdinand Ries, pronounced "Reese." The name was pronounced correctly in the film but incorrectly spelled "Reis" in the film credits. It was Ries himself who told the story of his incorrectly thinking the horn player came in early. See more »
A good 90 minutes, but was I voting for the music or the film?
Not so much film noir as film dusk, I spent the first ten minutes waiting for the set lights to be switched on. Having said that, Eroica is a beautiful to look at period piece about the first playing of Beethoven's Eroica or 'Napoleon' symphony (played by the wonderful Orchestre Revolutionaire et Romantique) for Prince Lobokowitz in Vienna. The film spans a day in the life of Beethoven in June 1804, examining not only his life and loves, but the lives of the musicians and the staff of the Palace in Vienna.
Much of the 'action' revolves around the audience of this magical performance. If only the Director had resisted the temptation to spin round the viewers as they watched! The film certainly flew by, but I was left wishing that this was only the start of the film and not the totality.
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