About The Film

Bernard Rose’s “Immortal Beloved” is a film about the life of composer Ludwig van Beethoven (played by Gary Oldman). The story follows Beethoven’s secretary and first biographer Anton Schindler (Jeroen Krabbé) as he attempts to ascertain the true identity of the Unsterbliche Geliebte (Immortal Beloved) addressed in three letters found in the late composer’s private papers. Schindler journeys throughout the Austrian Empire interviewing women who might be potential candidates as well as through Beethoven’s own tumultuous life.

Starring

Gary Oldman, Jeroen Krabbé, Isabella Rossellini, Johanna ter Steege, Marco Hofschneider, Miriam Margolyes, Barry Humphries, Valeria Golino

Production

Directed by Bernard Rose
Produced by Stephen McEveety, Bruce Davey
Screenplay by Bernard Rose
Cinematography by Peter Suschitzky
Editing by Dan Rae
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven, Gioacchino Rossini
Conducted by Sir Georg Solti with the London Symphony Orchestra
Production Company: Icon Productions
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Running Time: 121 minutes
Release Date: December 16, 1994
Country: UK, USA

Reviews

“What Bernard Rose has accomplished in “Immortal Beloved” is a film that imagines the mental states of Beethoven with a series of images as vivid and convincing as a dream. Here, in the shopworn genre of the musical biopic, he makes everything new. “Immortal Beloved” has clearly been made by people who feel Beethoven directly in their hearts, and are not approaching him through a classroom or historical setting. Beethoven writes to Schindler at one point, arguing: “It is the power of music to carry one directly into the mental state of the composer. The listener has no choice. It is like hypnotism.” The viewer of “Immortal Beloved” likewise has no choice, and for the same reason.” -Roger Ebert

Scene From Immortal Beloved

Beloved Beethoven

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