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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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Cast

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 ... 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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Although he was deaf, he made music the way he made love. See more »


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

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English | Hungarian

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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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$120,108, 18 December 1994

Gross USA:

$9,914,409

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,914,409
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Beethoven's remarks to Schindler during their first meeting, at a rehearsal of the Kreutzer sonata, is taken from Tolstoy's short story "The Kreutzer Sonata". See more »

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When the Countess Erdödy's home is hit, during Napoleon's bombing of Vienna, her son is thrown by the blast before it actually hits. See more »

Quotes

Ludwig van Beethoven: [in reference to "Violin Sonata in A Major, Op. 47" - "Kreutzer"... ] Do you like it?
Anton Felix Schindler: Shh!
Ludwig van Beethoven: I cannot hear them, but I know they are making a hash of it. What do you think? Music is... a dreadful thing. What is it? I don't understand it. What does it mean?
Anton Felix Schindler: It - it exalts the soul.
Ludwig van Beethoven: Utter nonsense. If you hear a marching band, is your soul exalted? No, you march. If you hear a waltz, you dance. If you hear a mass, you take communion. It is the power of music to carry one directly into the mental ...
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Soundtracks

Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by London Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Georg Solti (as Sir Georg Solti)
Performed by Gidon Kremer, violin
Gidon Kremer courtesy of Teldec Classics International GmbH
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Immortal Beethoven
14 May 2006 | by kenjhaSee all my reviews

On his deathbed, Beethoven, the greatest of all composers, leaves a note to his "Immortal Beloved." Like Citizen Kane's "Rosebud," this becomes a device to see the life of Beethoven through flashbacks. This interesting mixture of fact and fiction provides a portrait of the composer's social life but sheds little light on his genius for writing music. The soundtrack is all Beethoven (except for a little Rossini), as we get to hear bits and pieces of many of his works. The "Ode to Joy" sequence is well done, juxtaposing the premier of the 9th Symphony with flashbacks to Ludwig's childhood. However, the disjointed structure makes for a somewhat unsatisfying experience. Oldman certainly looks like Beethoven and manages to convey the anguish of a man who never heard most of his greatest works due to deafness, the most cruel fate for a composer.


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