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Immortal Beloved (1994)

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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 ... 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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The genius behind the music. The madness behind the man. The untold love story of Ludwig von Beethoven. See more »


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

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Trivia

In real life, Schindler was not a friend of Beethoven, though he was Beethoven's secretary for a while. It has been claimed that Schindler destroyed 260 of Beethoven's approximately 400 conversation notebooks, and forged entries into the surviving ones. See more »

Goofs

Early in the movie, after her bath, she says, "We were invited to Prince Vichnoski's palace, for a musical evening. Beethoven was going to be there." In the following shot, as the horses are approaching the palace, the shadow of the film crew is visible on the horses. See more »

Quotes

Ludwig van Beethoven: [startled to discover he has been tricked into playing piano for people observing him behind the wall] It is terrible, terrible for you to rob me in this way of my most treasured feelings!
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Connections

References Barry Lyndon (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 55 'Eroica'
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by London Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Georg Solti (as Sir Georg Solti)
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Yet Another Mis-Interpreted Wonderful Film...
28 June 1999 | by studiojudioSee all my reviews

Once again, a film of such glory fell on deaf ears - no pun intended - in this country. I have spent hours reading reviews on this film, stating how awful it was, because it was not true to the real Beethoven's life.... Well, I believe that early on in my life, I learned about some- thing called "Poetic License"....and, in fact, this film IS, basically, a poem. The movie is BASED on a letter that Beethoven actually DID write, to his mystery lover. No one knows, for sure, who the woman really was. And, this is simply a beautiful interpretation of someone's dream of who she COULD'VE been.

This was regarded as an AWFUL thing to do, by many Beethoven authorities - and by people who simply DOUBTED.

Yet, what went overlooked because of these critics' lack of open-mindedness - was an exquisite blend of glorious music, and SUPREME acting.

Once again, Mr. Oldman gave a performance like no other actor in the world can quite match. His style, sensitivity, and

genius as the Tragic Beethoven, was magnificent.

Jeroen Krabbe's portrayal of Anton Schindler, Beethoven's friend and champion - was marvelous.

Johanna ter Steege - who portrayed Johanna, Beethoven's sister- in-law - was exquisite. Why did they ignore HER? It would've been nice to have her stay here, rather than return to her Dutch homeland - to become a major motion picture star, as well. She had one special attribute - she could ACT.

The sets, costuming, sound, and editing were all BEAUTIFUL. But the film was ignored.

Above all, however, Gary Oldman's performance ranked among the best in the world - but it, too, was ignored.

Give the film another chance. It deserves FAR more than it GOT. It was, simply, beautiful...


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Release Date:

27 January 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Immortal Beloved See more »

Filming Locations:

Kromeríz, Czech Republic See more »

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Box Office

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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