Immortal Beloved
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Immortal Beloved

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Director: Bernard Rose

Cast: Bernard Rose, Gary Oldman, Jeroen Krabbé, Isabella Rossellini

     
 

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This biography of Ludwig von Beethoven (played here by Gary Oldman) builds its narrative around an actual letter found after his death, addressed only to the composer's "immortal beloved." The responsibility of discovering this mysterious person's identity falls to Beethoven's friend and secretary (Jeroen Krabbé), who sets out on an investigation that soon becomes an… See more details below

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Overview

This biography of Ludwig von Beethoven (played here by Gary Oldman) builds its narrative around an actual letter found after his death, addressed only to the composer's "immortal beloved." The responsibility of discovering this mysterious person's identity falls to Beethoven's friend and secretary (Jeroen Krabbé), who sets out on an investigation that soon becomes an exploration of the composer's life. Through recollections and scattered hints, we receive glimpses of Beethoven's relationships with women, particularly his close interaction with a pair of very different Countesses. The film also pays prominent attention to the composer's oddly obsessive relationship with the young nephew whom he attempted to mold in his own image, and Beethoven's eventual hearing loss and descent into emotional instability.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
An attempt to do for Beethoven what was done for Mozart in Amadeus (1984), this fanciful blend of fact and fiction is a marvelous drama, if lacking in the sumptuous, visual feast qualities of the film it's aping. Rose creates one gorgeous sequence in which a youthful Beethoven escapes an abusive father, flees through the woods, and floats in a pond that reflects the starry night sky above, as the "Ode to Joy" from the "Ninth Symphony" blasts over the soundtrack. The rest of the film never quite reaches such heights, but it's properly grounded in the grumbling, wounded performance of Gary Oldman, who not surprisingly captures precisely the right intonations of a self-absorbed, prideful genius (perhaps not much of a stretch for the notoriously difficult actor). Rose's script posits that the composer's behavior was the result of a broken heart, and while scholars may certainly dispute many of his story's claims, the end result is a moving and soulful work, fleetingly ecstatic, and interestingly structured on the template provided by Citizen Kane (1941). If Immortal Beloved runs second to Amadeus on the list of great composer biographies, the margin between the two films is not a wide one by any means.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/21/2007
UPC:
0043396208711
Original Release:
1994
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
ABC
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:01:00
Sales rank:
16,526

Special Features

Director's Commentary; Original Featurette; "Beloved Beethoven" Documentary.

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gary Oldman Ludwig van Beethoven
Jeroen Krabbé Anton Felix Schindler
Isabella Rossellini Anna Marie Erdody
Johanna ter Steege Johanna Reiss
Marco Hofschneider Karl van Beethoven
Barry Humphries Clemens Metternich
Miriam Margolyes Nanette Streicher
Valeria Golino Guilietta Guicciardi
Gerard Horan Nikolaus Johann van Beethoven
Christopher Fulford Casper Anton Carl van Beethoven
Alexandra Pigg Therese Obermayer
Luigi Diberti Franz Josef Guicciardi
Michael Culkin Jakob Hotscevar
Donal Gibson Karl Holz
Matthew North Young Karl van Beethoven
Bruce Davey Artillery Captain
Tomas Hanak Jacob Raicz
Bernard Rose Elector Max Friedrich
Petr Pospichal Thin Man
Barbora Srncova Erdody's Servant
Marek Vasut Custody Policeman
Sandra Voe Marie Frolich
Geno Lechner Josephine von Brunsvik

Technical Credits
Bernard Rose Director,Screenwriter
Lee Cleary Asst. Director
Bruce Davey Producer
Marion Dougherty Casting
Peter Glossop Musical Direction/Supervision
Jiri Hlupy Production Designer
Nigel Holland Sound/Sound Designer
Stephen McEveety Executive Producer
Maurizio Millenotti Costumes/Costume Designer
John Myhre Art Director
Dan Rae Editor
Olga Rosenfelderova Art Director
Georg Solti Musical Direction/Supervision
Peter Suschitzky Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Immortal Beloved
1. Chapter 1
2. Chapter 2
3. Chapter 3
4. Chapter 4
5. Chapter 5
6. Chapter 6
7. Chapter 7
8. Chapter 8
9. Chapter 9
10. Chapter 10
11. Chapter 11
12. Chapter 12
13. Chapter 13
14. Chapter 14
15. Chapter 15
16. Chapter 16

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