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In Search of Beethoven (2009)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography, Music | 10 July 2009 (USA)
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The first truly comprehensive feature length cinema documentary ever made about Beethoven. With over 60 live performances.


Phil Grabsky



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Credited cast:
Emanuel Ax Emanuel Ax ... Himself
Jonathan Biss Jonathan Biss ... Himself
Riccardo Chailly Riccardo Chailly ... Himself
Alban Gerhardt Alban Gerhardt ... Himself
Hélène Grimaud Hélène Grimaud ... Herself
Janine Jansen Janine Jansen ... Herself
Roger Norrington Roger Norrington ... Himself
Ilona Schmiel Ilona Schmiel ... Herself
Juliet Stevenson ... Narrator
Lars Vogt Lars Vogt ... Himself


The first truly comprehensive feature length cinema documentary ever made about Beethoven. With over 60 live performances. Written by Seventh Art Productions

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'The one film you need to see on Beethoven'


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10 July 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beethovenia etsimässä See more »


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$1,167 (United Kingdom), 19 April 2009, Limited Release
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Like Classical Music...This Will Help You Love It!
13 August 2012 | by AllNewSuxSee all my reviews

I was somewhat disappointed with the Mozart episode after I watched this one. I enjoy Mozart's music more than Beethoven's, but this 'In Search Of...' was geared much more towards the classical music fan. The music played here is exhaustive. If I had to guess, I'd say they play over 50 tunes written by Beethoven. If you're looking for more of a biography you probably want to look at a more focused documentary in conjunction with this one. For me, who is ten times more interested in the music, this show was perfect! They use very talented players and list the players on the screen which is nice if you want to explore today's classical music performers. Ludwig had a fairly long life that was presented here as being pretty depressing. Mentions of suicide, illness and of course deafness are peppered throughout the documentary. He only created maybe half as many works as his contemporaries like Mozart or Haydn, but they present a nice case for crowning Herr Beethoven as the king of all Western music (personally, I'd put him at number 3 on that list).

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