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

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The Famous Tortured Artist Effect
15 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For anyone who has a passion for classical music,and especially for the music of Ludwig Van Beethoven,this film is for you. Director Phil Grabsky,who previously traveled down this avenue before a few years ago with the ever so fine,'In Search Of Mozart',takes us on a journey to tell the tale of a man possessed by genius (but not without a price). Over a period of (nearly)two & a half hours,we see & hear elements of Beethoven's life told by a series of historians & musicians,such as Emanuel Ax,Julliet Stevenson & Lars Vogt,who tell the tale of a gifted,but tortured soul who lost his hearing at an early age,but persevered on to compose a legacy of music that still stands today,years after his death. Grabsky,in addition to directing this film,also photographed it (images have a painterly texture to them,at times). But over all,the music speaks for itself (we get to hear excerpts from several pieces). This film is highly recommended for viewing in music classes in schools (at the film's conclusion,there is information about purchasing DVD copies,with additional footage trimmed from the final release print for the time factor,as Grabsky's original directors cut clocks in at something like fourteen hours).Spoken (mostly) in English,and German & Italian with English subtitles. Not rated by the MPAA,but contains absolutely nothing offensive,what so ever. Perfect viewing for the whole family


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