7.6/10
291
8 user 50 critic

In Search of Beethoven (2009)

Trailer
1:04 | Trailer

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Video

WATCH NOW
The first truly comprehensive feature length cinema documentary ever made about Beethoven. With over 60 live performances.

Director:

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Director: Matthew Whiteman
Stars: Alice Glover, William Mannering, Sam Marks
Eroica (TV Movie 2003)
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

On June 9, 1804, Ludwig van Beethoven and his pupil Ries assemble a group of musicians to give the first performance of his Third Symphony, 'Bonaparte', to his patron Prince Lobkowitz and ... See full summary »

Director: Simon Cellan Jones
Stars: Peter Hanson, Jack Davenport, Leo Bill
Beethoven (TV Mini-Series 2005)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

A dramatized documentary on the life and music of Ludwig van Beethoven.

Stars: Paul Rhys, Charles Hazlewood, David Bamber
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Director: Phil Grabsky
Stars: Frank Adams-Brown, Debbie Arnold, Sean Barrett
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A fictionalized account of the last year of Beethoven's life.

Director: Agnieszka Holland
Stars: Ed Harris, Diane Kruger, Matthew Goode
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach is introduced to King Frederick II of Prussia in 1747. The aging composer and the young monarch clash and a battle of egos ensues.

Director: Dominique de Rivaz
Stars: Vadim Glowna, Jürgen Vogel, Karoline Herfurth
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The life and death of the legendary Ludwig van Beethoven. Beside 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... See full summary »

Director: Bernard Rose
Stars: Gary Oldman, Jeroen Krabbé, Isabella Rossellini
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A reimagined account of the early life of Maria Anna 'Nannerl' Mozart, five years older than Wolfgang, and a musical prodigy in her own right.

Director: René Féret
Stars: Marie Féret, Marc Barbé, Delphine Chuillot
Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

The Church of Beethoven began as cellist Felix Wurman's dream of knocking the stuffiness out of classical music. This film by Music From The Q presents the story of how the Church of ... See full summary »

Director: Brad Stoddard
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Six Jewish women, from different countries and different backgrounds, found themselves deported to the notorious concentration camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, during the Holocaust. This film ... See full summary »

Director: Jon Kean
Stars: Renee Firestone, Erika Jacoby, Lili Majzner
Documentary | Biography | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Musician Cat Power narrates this documentary on Janis Joplin's evolution into a star from letters that Joplin wrote over the years to her friends, family, and collaborators.

Director: Amy Berg
Stars: Cat Power, Janis Joplin, Karleen Bennett
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The Vatican sends a priest to verify some miracles, performed by a woman who has been nominated for sainthood. During his investigation, the priest, who is experiencing a crisis of faith, re-discovers his own purpose in life.

Director: Agnieszka Holland
Stars: Sofia Polanska, Pavol Simon, Ivan Lukac
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Emanuel Ax ...
Himself
Jonathan Biss ...
Himself
Riccardo Chailly ...
Himself
Alban Gerhardt ...
Himself
Hélène Grimaud ...
Herself
Janine Jansen ...
Herself
Roger Norrington ...
Himself
Ilona Schmiel ...
Herself
...
Narrator
Lars Vogt ...
Himself
Edit

Storyline

The first truly comprehensive feature length cinema documentary ever made about Beethoven. With over 60 live performances. Written by Seventh Art Productions

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

'The one film you need to see on Beethoven'


Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

10 July 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Beethovenia etsimässä  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Color:

See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Great music, but less than revealing documentary
18 July 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It must be an exceptionally rare person, who is not moved by Beethoven's music. Thus, a film, like this, that includes lots of his music, in some very good performances, is bound to please many. However, it did not live up to the advertisement, which drew me to the Siskel Film Center to see Grabsky's opus, and which promised new insights into the life of this musical god. I think that the film tries to cover too much, and ends up being fragmentary and rehashing old ground. Even a film that is 139 minutes long, cannot adequately encompass most of Beethoven's life and music, as this documentary attempts to do. There are a few revealing insights, like the story of the young Beethoven's attempt to con his teacher, Haydn, into interceding with the Elector of Bonn to increase Beethoven's stipend, when he was studying in Vienna. But even this (new to me) story is not used to try to explain more about Beethoven. For the most part, this is a static film, that relies on talking heads and interminable footage of Beethoven's familiar portraits. One of the few talking heads, who actually has interesting things to say about Beethoven's music, and who also reveals himself as a very human, self-deprecating artist, is Emanual Ax. Too many others offer no special insights, and only mouth the same tired platitudes. In summary, this film is enjoyable for the music, but don't expect to learn many new insights about this great composer.


10 of 15 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss In Search of Beethoven (2009) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?