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 ... 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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Some things are for the moment. Some things are meant to last. Some things are... immortal. See more »


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

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Anthony Hopkins was the original choice to play Beethoven. See more »

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Towards the end of the film, the protagonist is seen in discussion with a female who at times communicates with him in a low-tone in order not to be overheard. This would have been impractical however, given that by around the time in which the events surrounding the Immortal Beloved letter took place (the letter is dated 1812), Beethoven had already lost a significant amount of his hearing. Regardless, the composer carries on the conversation as if he wasn't hard of hearing. See more »

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Ludwig van Beethoven: It is the power of music to carry one directly into the mental state of the composer.
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Soundtracks

Missa Solemnis in D Major, Op. 123
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by London Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Georg Solti (as Sir Georg Solti)
Performed by Renée Fleming soprano - Ann Murray alto - Vinson Cole tenor - Bryn Terfel bass with London Voices
Chorus master: Terry Edwards
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mysterious Beethoven biopic
1 February 2005 | by didi-5See all my reviews

Bernard Rose's superior film about the life of Ludwig van Beethoven takes as its central premise a mention in the composer's will of an 'immortal beloved', identity unknown. So far, so intriguing.

With the casting of versatile British actor Gary Oldman as Beethoven, there was potential for a lot of depth of character (which we get, as the passage of time convinces throughout as Beethoven moves from skirt-chasing youth to crabby and deaf old age).

Also impressive within the cast are Jeroen Krabbé as Schindler, Johanna ter Steege as Johanna Reiss, and Isabella Rossellini as Anna Marie Erdody. What could have been a stodgy film is buoyed up greatly by their presence, but it is the central performance of Oldman which counts (he really is a peerless performer of real-life characters - Sid Vicious, Joe Orton, Lee Harvey Oswald ...).

My only gripe would be that the music is sometimes given short shrift, but when it is there, it is wonderful. You get the emotional impact in the snatches of sonatas, symphonies and concertos you hear - but it would have been nice to acknowledge that the film was about a creative artist and musician and let us hear a bit more of his work!


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Release Date:

27 January 1995 (USA) See more »

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Immortal Beloved See more »

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Kromeríz, Czech Republic See more »

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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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