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Louis van Beethoven (2020)

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1779. Eight-year-old Ludwig van Beethoven, called "Louis", is already known as a musical prodigy. He learns to go his own way - much to the dismay of the people around him. Some years later... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tobias Moretti ... Ludwig van Beethoven (Erwachsen)
Colin Pütz Colin Pütz ... Ludwig van Beethoven (Kind)
Anselm Bresgott ... Ludwig van Beethoven (Jugendlich)
Ulrich Noethen ... Christian Gottlob Neefe
Ronald Kukulies Ronald Kukulies ... Jean van Beethoven
Caroline Hellwig ... Eleonore von Breuning
Peter Lewys Preston ... Karl van Beethoven
Silke Bodenbender ... Helene von Breuning
Cornelius Obonya ... Johann van Beethoven
Johanna Gastdorf ... Therese
Sabin Tambrea ... Tobias Pfeiffer
Jürgen Hartmann Jürgen Hartmann ... Caspar Belderbusch
Manuel Rubey Manuel Rubey ... Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Cloé Heinrich Cloé Heinrich ... Eleonore von Breuning (Kind)
Tatiana Nekrasov Tatiana Nekrasov ... Magdalena van Beethoven


1779. Eight-year-old Ludwig van Beethoven, called "Louis", is already known as a musical prodigy. He learns to go his own way - much to the dismay of the people around him. Some years later, he meets Mozart during times of political upheaval. The unconventional genius and French Revolution are sparking a fire in Louis' heart; he doesn't want to serve a master - only the arts. Facing times of family tragedies and unrequited love, he almost gives up. However, Louis makes it to Vienna to study under Haydn in 1792, and the rest is history. Who was this man, whose music has since touched countless hearts and minds? At the end of his life, the master is isolated by loss of loved ones and hearing. Surely though, he was way ahead of his times. Written by Beta Film

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Realistic and accurate
20 December 2020 | by acookieforsantaSee all my reviews

There are many legends surrounding the life of the "Bonn" giant. That being said, the director of this movie follows Beethoven's life pretty close, it captures snapshots of his life, it doesn't pretend to be an all encompassing full length depiction of Beethoven's life, however it touches on the important pieces : childhood, friendships, first love and musical influences. I love how he discovered Bach in Neefe's living room piano (or was it harpsichord?) I also like how individuals are depicted in a way that has a major impact on Beethoven's character and sense of morals. He was in my opinion a man with a backbone and strong principles in an era of servitude and platitudes ("The melody needs to be more cantabile... Those sound like cannons Louis! Cannon fire!"). The Austrian lead does great service to the character he depicts and is somehow similar in facial features. I recommend it to all Music History teachers as it shows a person, a real person, a man and not a legend as we are all accustomed to hearing about.

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4 December 2020 (Spain) See more »

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