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.
The genius behind the music. The madness behind the man. The untold love story of Ludwig von Beethoven.
Did You Know?
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
Early in the movie, after her bath, she says, "We were invited to Prince Vichnoski's palace, for a musical evening. Beethoven was going to be there." In the following shot, as the horses are approaching the palace, the shadow of the film crew is visible on the horses. See more
References Barry Lyndon
Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by London Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Georg Solti
(as Sir Georg Solti) See more