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Immortal Beloved

2 Ratings: 4.5
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Tags: Movies, Drama Movies, Drama, Gary Oldman, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Isabella Rossellini
Director: Bernard Rose
Genre: Drama
Release Date: 1994
MPAA Rating: R
1 review about Immortal Beloved

Magnificent!

  • Aug 26, 2009
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The year is 1827, and famed composer Ludwig van Beethoven has just died. He leaves his estate to someone only known as his "Immortal Beloved," so his secretary goes about finding out who she may be among his many lovers.

This movie is absolutely beautiful. Beethoven's music, of course, is the soundtrack and also the main plot point, as the writer/director speculates on the events in the maestro's life that inspired each piece. The movie goes back and forth in time to each of the important people in Beethoven's life and we see his music evolve from much tragedy, some euphoria, and most of all, his passion for life. There is even a persuasive scene accounting for his deafness.

With lavish costumes and picturesque Czech locations, it's lovely to look at but even more impressive is Gary Oldman's portrayal of Beethoven. Though playing a conceited, temperamental, and often angry man, Oldman still wins our sympathy and he is at his charismatic best. If you love Beethoven's music and/or period films, you'll enjoy this exciting biopic. Highly recommended.
DVD Gary Oldman as Beethoven Co-star Isabella Rossellini

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September 09, 2009
Nice review....I love these type films...definitely one to rent....you make it sound so inviting!
September 09, 2009
Thank you.  This is my kind of movie, too. I wish they made more costume dramas these days.
 
September 09, 2009
This is on Comcast right now and I was thinking of giving it a spin after I finish with my NetFlix movie today. Your reviewed convinced me that it would be a good choice.
September 09, 2009
I'll be looking for your review, Queenbflix!
September 09, 2009
I may not go that far, but you never know.
 
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