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The Life and Loves of Beethoven (1936)

Un grand amour de Beethoven (original title)
Lyrical biography of the classical composer, depicted as a romantical hero, an accursed artist.

Director:

Abel Gance

Writers:

Abel Gance, Steve Passeur (dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Harry Baur ... Ludwig van Beethoven
Annie Ducaux ... Thérèse Brunswick
Jany Holt ... Giulietta Guicciardi
André Nox ... Humpholz
Jane Marken ... Esther Frechet - la cuisinière
Lucas Gridoux ... Nikolaus Zmeskall
Paul Pauley Paul Pauley ... Schuppanzigh
Lucien Rozenberg Lucien Rozenberg ... Le comte Guicciardi
Yolande Laffon Yolande Laffon ... La coumtesse Guicciardi
Jean Debucourt ... Le comte Robert Gallenberg (as Debucourt de la Comédie Française)
Jean-Louis Barrault ... Karl van Beethoven
Georges Paulais Georges Paulais ... Le médecin (as Paulais)
Georges Saillard Georges Saillard ... Breuning
Jean Pâqui ... Pierrot
Philippe Richard Philippe Richard
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1801, in Vienna, two young women, his pupils, are in love with him. Thérèse de Brunswick's love remains unrequited even though she and Beethoven are engaged for years; Juliette Guicciardi, whom Beethoven loves but who marries a count, regrets that decision, but by then he and Thérèse are engaged. When Beethoven loses Juliette, he moves to the mill at Heiligenstadt; realizing he's becoming deaf, profound depression sets in. He rejects suicide, holding on to remembered sound and to his work, a dedication assisted by Thérèse and others. In later years, we see his devotion to an ungrateful and thieving nephew, his poverty, the isolation of deafness, and the love of friends. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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L'immortelle aimee See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Music

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

21 November 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Life and Loves of Beethoven See more »

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Général Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film is one of over 200 titles in the list of independent feature films made available for television presentation by Advance Television Pictures announced in Motion Picture Herald 4 April 1942. At this time, television broadcasting was in its infancy, almost totally curtailed by the advent of World War II, and would not continue to develop until 1945-1946. Because of poor documentation (feature films were often not identified by title in conventional sources) no record has yet been found of its initial television broadcast. See more »

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La Melancolie
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
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A perfect blend of image and sound!
19 October 1999 | by Kermie-3See all my reviews

Following the incredible silent masterpiece "Napoleon," Abel Gance created another magnificent work of art in 1936, this time focusing on the brilliant composer Ludwig van Beethoven.

While the film is filled with the creative camera work that characterized the style of Abel Gance, it goes one step beyond that of any of his previous works. It combines beautiful musical interludes with imagery that not only describe specific historical and biographical events in Beethoven's life, but also evoke the opposing inner emotions of happiness and anguish that troubled the deaf Beethoven during the prime of his life.

Abel Gance's "Beethoven" is a perfect example of how the marriage of picture and sound can be used perfectly to form a creative masterpiece.


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