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Immortal Beloved (1994)

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The life and death of the legendary Ludwig van Beethoven. Besides all the work he is known for, the composer once wrote a famous love letter to a nameless beloved, and the movie tries to ... See full summary »

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... Ludwig van Beethoven
... Anton Felix Schindler
... Anna Marie Erdödy
... Johanna Reiss
... Karl van Beethoven
... Nanette Streicherová
... Clemens Metternich
... Giulietta Guicciardi
Gerard Horan ... Nikolaus Johann van Beethoven
... Kaspar Anton Carl van Beethoven
... Therese Obermayer
... Franz Josef Guicciardi
... Jakob Hotscevar
... Karl Holz
Matthew North ... Young Karl van Beethoven
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The life and death of the legendary Ludwig van Beethoven. Besides all the work he is known for, the composer once wrote a famous love letter to a nameless beloved, and the movie tries to find out who this beloved was--not easy, as Beethoven has had many women in his life. Written by Smoothhoney1265

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The genius behind the music. The madness behind the man. The untold love story of Ludwig von Beethoven.


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Rated R for scenes of violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

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27 January 1995 (USA)  »

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$9,914,409
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Stephen Rea turned down the role of Beethoven. See more »

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Beethoven's estate was not willed to his Immortal Beloved. See more »

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Ludwig van Beethoven: [Beethoven raises his fist in the air and mutters his last words] The comedy is over.
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References A Clockwork Orange (1971) See more »

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Piano Trio No. 4 in D Major, Op. 70, No. 1 'Ghost'
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by Emanuel Ax, Piano - Pamela Frank, Violin, Yo-Yo Ma, Cello
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If I was going to make a movie...
2 February 1999 | by See all my reviews

If was a director, I would be sure to look at such films as "Kafka", "Quiz Show", and "Immortal Beloved"(and many many others) and hope that my film would have as much style and taste as these films, particularly "Immortal Beloved." From the first time I saw it, "Immortal Beloved" became one of my all-time favorite movies. For one thing, I love the cast. Director Bernard Rose has filled his movie with such top-notch European actors as Johanna Ter Steege, Valeria Golino, Marco Hofschnieder, Miriam Margoyles, Isabella Rossellini, and particularly in the choosing of his two leads--Jeroen Krabbe(my favorite actor) and Gary Oldman. I have seen and enjoyed all of these actors in one or more other project, and to have them ALL together is just wonderful. Plus the director genius, Bernard Rose, also wrote a great script:the flashback sequences give us a great look upon Beethoven, and they very carefully fit around the search that Beethoven's secretary embarks upon to find the mysterious woman, the "Immortal Beloved", whom Beethoven left his entire estate and music to in a letter. I like how he narrows he is able to narrow his search to just three women, after finding a nearly illegible signature the woman left behind at a hotel("is that a G or a J?" Schindler wonders. "Looks like an A to me," he is told by the hotel worker). I like being able to learn the impact Beethoven left upon all three, and the accounts of Schindler and his nephew provide some great insite as well. I love the chemistry between all cast members, particularly Oldman and Krabbe and Krabbe and Rossellinni. Well, I loved absolutely everything about this movie. I can only hope that if I ever made a movie, it would turn out to be as well-written, superbly acted, and as beautifully made as "Immortal Beloved."


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