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


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.

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Sony Pictures
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[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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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

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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Immortal Beloved 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gary Olman is simply magnificeint in his role. Again he becomes the character not just play the part. He is hauntingly macabre as well as the music. It is tragic yet hopeful. Truly one of the greatest films ever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just watched this movie - and remembered how much I enjoy movies of this kind. The way the music followed the story was so beautiful - and helped to convey the emotion of the characters better than the spoken word. If you enjoy biographical movies of classical composers, don't miss this one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great film, superb acting job from Oldman and a great insight on the life and times of one of history's greatest muscial geniuses, Ludwig von Beethoven.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was one of the best I've ever seen. The music is awesome, and Gary Oldman is superb! It's such a tragic, but beautiful love story. However, if you don't appreciate classical music, or you have a short attention span, you probably won't be able to fully enjoy this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoy every word and music of this film. I have watched it at least 10 times. Wonderful yet sad love story that you will remeber forever. Beautful actresses and unforgettable actor.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is the most moving movie I have seen in a long time. The music is wonderful, the acting magnificent, the story is heartbreaking. I have watched it again and again and I have cried ever time. Amazing, simply amazing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gary Oldman played his role to its maximum... you cannot watch this film and not love Betthoven's music... It makes u realize what it means to be deaf and compose such a great music as ''Ode To Joy'' i really enjoyed this film...
Guest More than 1 year ago
The way the storie devolopes is very good, the writer made a good job in puting together pieces of his life to make the movie. They way Gary Olman plays Ludwin is great! He was able to get in the character, which made it a successfull film.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is a real masterpiece. The casting is so perfect for the story!. Gary Oldman is one of the most talented actors I have ever seen. He completely takes Beethoven's soul and show it to the audience. The movie gives an interesting solution to who the immortal beloved that Beethoven mentioned in some letters was. I have read several reviews about this movie and people in general love it. I think it was very underated. I have to mention one review, it was written by journalist Steve Rhodes. I think Mr. Rhodes should write about cooking or any other thing but movies. He has given a very light review about Oldman's performance and in general about the movie. Rhodes is the kind of person that would have enjoyed seeing Leonardo di Caprio as Beethoven. There are some Beethoven scholars who have tried to denigrate the movie because of the director's view of the immortal beloved. People like that just show close and frozen minds. The movie is giving an interpretation to that mystery. The music is of course, beautiful. Many emotional moments, beautiful environments, wonderful casting (Jeroen Krabbe, Isabella Rosellini). The movie didn't get any award, SO WHAT!!!, people love it!. Bernard Rose, a genius mind, is the director and also the writter. I would say that he composed the movie in a musical way more that direct it. Summary: 1. the movie is a beautiful and emotional expirience. 2. the music of the maestro linked to his life is amazing! 3. the casting is perfect 4. If you read Steve Rhodes reviews, don't believe what you read at once, his reviews are very light.
ElizabethScarlett More than 1 year ago
Good movie, love the music
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This movie is an interesting insight on Beethoven's life and his attempt to achieve a lasting romantic relationship. The gradual loss of his hearing is portrayed as well as his determination to compose despite its loss. It's a wonderful movie with a marvelous soundtrack. It is a terrific gift for friends and family.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story about a letter written by Beethoven to a secret admiree, if true is a very touching event in his life. Gary Oldman plays the composer with great sincerity. Well worth watching
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Ceibhfhionn More than 1 year ago
This is a plausible story about the relationship between Beethoven and the one true love of his life. Who is she and what was her secret? Only Beethoven knew and he didn't kiss and tell. It's a great movie - part biography, part mystery, part love story, part fantasy. Gary Oldman gives a tremendous tour-de-force performance as Beethoven - worth watching for that reason alone.