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Beethoven's Nephew (1985)

Le neveu de Beethoven (original title)
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

Cast overview:
Wolfgang Reichmann 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
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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

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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low budget biographical oddity
6 November 2010 | by mjneu59See all my reviews

Credit director Paul Morrissey for not making the sweaty revisionist history his NY underground reputation might have suggested, but the true story behind Ludwig Van Beethoven's tormented relationship with his young nephew Karl is more compelling than the modest screen treatment presented here. Besides being acknowledged as a musical genius, the composer was, apparently, also a paranoid lunatic, and after winning legal custody of his nephew he became insanely over-protective, taking upon himself the burden of guarding the boy against the unspeakable vices of women (and other boys). But the film is lopsided in Uncle Ludwig's favor, with Beethoven's wild and unruly personality completely overshadowing the nephew, just as Wolfgang Reichmann's colorful performance totally outclasses the sullen debut of Dietmar Prinz in the title role (resembling a 42nd Street hustler in 19th century drag). Call it a poor man's 'Amadeus', without the pageantry or commercial appeal, but with a similar (if more subdued) approach to madness and music.


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