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Immortal Beloved Un Grand Amour de Beethoven Le Neuveu de Beethoven Eroica Beethoven lives upstairs Copying Beethoven
An Immortal Spirit La dixième symphonie, by Abel Gance Moonlight Sonata Fidelio by Pierre Jourdan Ludwig van, by Mauricio Kagel Other films

Title... Film: Immortal Beloved

This Beethoven film begins with the death of Ludwig van Beethoven. His secretary and long-suffering friend, Anton Schindler, starts the search for the person to whom Beethoven has left his possessions, his works, and his money. The will states: "To my immortal beloved".

In his search of clues to Immortal Beloved, Schindler goes on a journey to find the women who have been a part of Ludwig's life. In each meeting, the story of Beethoven the movie unfolds. These encounters reveal a man of extremes: a musical genius, a rebellious invalid, a melancholy lover...

Immortal Beloved Beethoven is a beautiful, splendid work of art. Gary Oldman's immaculate interpretation of the maestro is so uncanny that the viewer cannot imagine how Beethoven could have walked, laughed, or aged any differently. The women are delicate, passionate, and loving.

Luwig van B., a film by Bernard Rose, with Gary Oldman...

The French Poster

Ludvig van B. - Bernard Rose

Of course, the filmmaker has his own opinions and he shows us who he thinks the 'immortal beloved' is… and explains how Beethoven became deaf in a sensitive way... Like Karl, Beethoven's nephew, you will have to discover for yourself...

While there’s no doubt that all movies about Beethoven 'stretch' historical reality, this particular film is never tiring, and the flashbacks are never too heavy.

Unlike most other Beethoven movies, Ludwig is presented as a man… a genius but also a human. In the Immortal Beloved movie, you will hear his music throughout but more than that, you will see parts of yourself in his character and temperament, his violence and his anger, his genius and his love... This is the main reason why I love this movie Beethoven.

Anton Schindler is played superbly by a Jeroen Krabbé on good form. The beautiful lovers of Beethoven are played by Isabella Rossellini, Valeria Golino, and Johanna Ter Steege.

Ludwig van Beethoven: Gary Oldman...Anton Shindler: Jeroen Krabbé...

Who is the immortal beloved?

A final point… the music is that of… Ludwig van Beethoven… royally directed by Sir Georg Solti.
Bernard Rose directed this very personal Beethoven film.
The Immortal Beloved, 'Meine Unsterbliche Geliebte' in German, came out in 1994. The film exists today on DVD. A beautiful gift idea...

You can read Beethoven's letter to his “immortal beloved” by clicking here.
You will also find the Immortal Beloved presented there...


Ludvig van B. - Bernard Rose
Bande originale du film

The soundtrack is available with 2 different CD:



Bande originale du film
Title... Another point of view

I have to strongly disagree with you about the American film "Immortal Beloved," which is a travesty and a mockery in the worst Hollywood tradition. Gary Oldman stomps about, gesticulating ridiculously, and making faces obviously borrowed from several not very good portraits of Beethoven. I couldn't bear to watch all of it, even on fast forward.

Katherine Sacksteder

Many thanks to Hannah SALTER for her translation of this page from French into English
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