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Beethoven's Nephew (1985)

Le neveu de Beethoven (original title)
R | | Drama | 10 June 1988 (USA)
In an effort to provide a secure future for his nephew Karl, Beethoven is fighting his sister-in-law over the custody for the boy. The mother doesn't consider the ageing and irate composer ... See full summary »

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Paul Morrissey
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Cast

Credited cast:
Wolfgang Reichmann ... Ludwig Van Beethoven
Dietmar Prinz Dietmar Prinz ... Karl
Jane Birkin ... Johanna
Nathalie Baye ... Leonore
Mathieu Carrière ... Archduke Rodolphe
Ulrich Berr Ulrich Berr ... Schindler
Erna Korhel Erna Korhel ... Marie
Pieter Daniel Pieter Daniel ... Holz
Yelena Rostropovich Yelena Rostropovich ... Countess Erdody
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dieter Schidor Dieter Schidor
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In an effort to provide a secure future for his nephew Karl, Beethoven is fighting his sister-in-law over the custody for the boy. The mother doesn't consider the ageing and irate composer a suitable guardian for her son, and Karl himself shows not much interest in his uncle either.

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

France | West Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 June 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beethoven's Nephew See more »

Filming Locations:

Vienna, Austria

Company Credits

Production Co:

Orfilm See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)
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Inept, as well as inaccurate.
31 December 1998 | by kdaltonSee all my reviews

This is a terrible movie. Its only saving graces are Wolfgang Reichmann's performance as Beethoven, the locations and costumes. Dieter Prinz as Karl, Beethoven's nephew, is monotonous and expressionless (as are several other actors). He may have been reading his lines phonetically; if so someone should have coached him better. The costumer clearly did her research, as some of the outfits look nearly identical to sketches and paintings from Beethoven's time. Reichmann bears a decent resemblance to him (although, sometimes he looks more like Leo McKern) and does a fine job with what he's given. However, there are many inaccuracies. The portrayal of his increasing deafness is inconsistent and the reenactment of the famous performance of the Ninth Symphony at which Beethoven attempted to conduct was simply wrong.


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