Immortal Beloved
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This biography of Ludwig von Beethoven (played here by Gary Oldman) builds its narrative around an actual letter found after his death, addressed only to the composer's "immortal beloved." The responsibility of discovering this mysterious person's identity falls to Beethoven's friend and secretary (Jeroen Krabbé), who sets out on an investigation that soon becomes an exploration of the composer's life. Through recollections and scattered hints, we receive glimpses of Beethoven's relationships with women, particularly his close interaction with a pair of very… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 58%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"I doubet whether Rose's speculative and overwroght chronicle of Beethoven will rekindle interest in the composer's life and work in the same way that Amadeus did for Mozart."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Imitation Ken Russell biopic lacking in power and a feel for the music."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Haunting use of Beethoven's music."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
"I just did not buy Oldman as Beethoven. I thought he was miscast, and he certainly overacted."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"A little slow, but overall a good film."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"As writer and director, Bernard Rose must take full responsibility for the fictions masquerading as fact in his treatment of Beethoven's life and loves."
‑ S. James Wegg, JWR
"Strains to evoke tortured artist agony, but instead just strains."
‑ Audrey Rock-Richardson, Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
"completely nuts!"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"real coup is the perfect casting of consummate chameleon actor Gary Oldman as Beethoven."
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Passionate and transfixing scereen biography of Ludwig van Beethoven."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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