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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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Bernard Rose

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Bernard Rose
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Oldman ... Ludwig van Beethoven
Jeroen Krabbé ... Anton Felix Schindler
Isabella Rossellini ... Anna Marie Erdödy
Johanna ter Steege ... Johanna Reiss
Marco Hofschneider ... Karl van Beethoven
Miriam Margolyes ... Nanette Streicherová
Barry Humphries ... Clemens Metternich
Valeria Golino ... Giulietta Guicciardi
Gerard Horan Gerard Horan ... Nikolaus Johann van Beethoven
Christopher Fulford ... Kaspar Anton Carl van Beethoven
Alexandra Pigg ... Therese Obermayer
Luigi Diberti ... Franz Josef Guicciardi
Michael Culkin ... Jakob Hotscevar
Donal Gibson ... Karl Holz
Matthew North 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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Language:

English

Release Date:

27 January 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amada inmortal See more »

Filming Locations:

Kromeríz, Czech Republic See more »

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$9,914,409
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SDDS (8 channels)| Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS | Dolby

Color:

Color

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2.39 : 1
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Though played by a different musician in the officially released film soundtrack, Gary Oldman is actually playing all of the Beethoven pieces he is seen performing in the film. When he learned he would be playing the lead role, he spent six weeks practicing on a Steinway piano for six hours a day in his hotel; and completely immersed himself in the music as his research for the character. In an interview with the south bank show in 1997, Gary quoted an article that said "he mimes very well" in the film. In answer to which, Gary laughed and said "I'm playing it! I can play that!" See more »

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

Quotes

Anton Felix Schindler: Do you know the name Ludwig van Beethoven?
Frau Streicher: The composer?
Anton Felix Schindler: Yes.
Frau Streicher: I knew him.
Anton Felix Schindler: Did he ever stay here?
Frau Streicher: Are you a policeman?
Anton Felix Schindler: No.
Frau Streicher: Then I will not answer your questions.
Anton Felix Schindler: Oh, please, I'm trying to conclude his affairs.
Frau Streicher: Ah, van Beethoven is dead?
[...]
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Connections

Featured in Edición Especial Coleccionista: Amor inmortal (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

The Thieving Magpie (La gazza ladrà): Overture
Written by Gioachino Rossini
Performed by London Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Georg Solti (as Sir Georg Solti)
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Yet Another Mis-Interpreted Wonderful Film...
28 June 1999 | by studiojudioSee all my reviews

Once again, a film of such glory fell on deaf ears - no pun intended - in this country. I have spent hours reading reviews on this film, stating how awful it was, because it was not true to the real Beethoven's life.... Well, I believe that early on in my life, I learned about some- thing called "Poetic License"....and, in fact, this film IS, basically, a poem. The movie is BASED on a letter that Beethoven actually DID write, to his mystery lover. No one knows, for sure, who the woman really was. And, this is simply a beautiful interpretation of someone's dream of who she COULD'VE been.

This was regarded as an AWFUL thing to do, by many Beethoven authorities - and by people who simply DOUBTED.

Yet, what went overlooked because of these critics' lack of open-mindedness - was an exquisite blend of glorious music, and SUPREME acting.

Once again, Mr. Oldman gave a performance like no other actor in the world can quite match. His style, sensitivity, and

genius as the Tragic Beethoven, was magnificent.

Jeroen Krabbe's portrayal of Anton Schindler, Beethoven's friend and champion - was marvelous.

Johanna ter Steege - who portrayed Johanna, Beethoven's sister- in-law - was exquisite. Why did they ignore HER? It would've been nice to have her stay here, rather than return to her Dutch homeland - to become a major motion picture star, as well. She had one special attribute - she could ACT.

The sets, costuming, sound, and editing were all BEAUTIFUL. But the film was ignored.

Above all, however, Gary Oldman's performance ranked among the best in the world - but it, too, was ignored.

Give the film another chance. It deserves FAR more than it GOT. It was, simply, beautiful...


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