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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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Genres:

Drama

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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

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Production Co:

Orfilm See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)
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Beethoven's "Amadeus"
2 December 1999 | by HSauerSee all my reviews

I enjoyed this film although it wasn't entirely satisfying. The plot centers around old Beethoven's fixation on the welfare of his nephew, for whom he fought a lengthy custody battle against his brother's former wife. Beethoven thought she was a bad influence on the boy. Sadly, the nephew isn't receptive to Beethoven's "overtures," pardon me, and resents his boorish uncle's efforts on his behalf. The nephew is a complete nonentity, lacking in both interest and talent. He seems to wish only to be left alone. One excellent scene has pug-faced Beethoven frantically trying to rescue his nephew from the clutches of a maidservant, charging down a hallway, huffing and puffing, with mounted antlers passing by overhead as he approaches the bedroom where his nephew lies. The whole film portrays Beethoven as we don't like to imagine him.


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