Country: United States, United Kingdom
Original title: Immortal beloved
Genre: Drama, Music
Duration: 121 mn
Director: Bernard Rose
Actors: Gary Oldman, Isabella Rossellini, Jeroen Krabbe…
Music by George Fenton, Ludwig Van Beethoven and Gioachino Rossini.
Synopsis of the Immortal Beloved
The life and death of the legendary Ludwig van Beethoven. Beside 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.
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Critics of the Immortal beloved movie
New York Times
Like “The Accompanist” and “Tous les Matins du Monde,” “Immortal Beloved” is something other than a strictly cinematic experience; succumbing to its musical voluptuousness makes it that much more overwhelming. Those French films had much greater elegance, but let’s not forget that Mr. Rose has Beethoven. Don’t be surprised to tap your toes while Mr. Perahia plays a galloping excerpt from the “Emperor” Concerto behind the closing credits.
[…] There are times when the script is unworthy of the subject matter, and occasions when Oldman’s co-stars (especially Marco Hofschneider, who plays Beethoven’s nephew Karl) seem ill-suited to their roles. Nevertheless, negatives aside, the plot holds the viewer’s interest, even if it doesn’t touch the heart. Immortal Beloved is the sort of flawed movie that still has enough assets to allow it to be enjoyed.
The Austin Chronicle
Rose gamely tries to cram his film full of lush romanticism, and why not? What could be more romantic than this lovely mystery for the ages? Well… Oldman behaves in a nicely tortured manner throughout, all eager genius and deafened lunatic. To his credit, Rose takes us into the composer’s shattered internal soundscapes — even his most glorious works are little more than muffled clumpings in a darkened room to Ludwig, who apparently lost his hearing during a severe beating courtesy of his drunken father. Despite Oldman’s bravura performance, however, you walk away from Immortal Beloved with the distinct feeling that you’ve just been had. Rose’s spastic heartstring-yanking toward the end of the movie doesn’t help any, either. It is, in the end, no more than a nice, fluffy, heavily romanticized stab at an already disputed history.