Un grand amour de Beethoven (The Life and Loves of Beethoven)
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Un grand amour de Beethoven (The Life and Loves of Beethoven)
1801, in Vienna, two young women, his pupils, are in love with him. Thérèse de Brunswick's love remains unrequited even though she and Beethoven are engaged for years; Juliette Guicciardi, whom Beethoven loves but who marries a count, regrets that decision, but by then he and Thérèse are engaged. When Beethoven loses Juliette, he moves to the mill at Heiligenstadt; realizing he's becoming deaf, profound depression sets in. He rejects suicide, holding on to remembered sound and to his work, a dedication assisted by Thérèse and others. In later years, we see his devotion to an ungrateful… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"t upsets me just the same to see the musical cart hitched before the cinema horse and then be constrained to admit it was probably for the best."
‑ Frank S. Nugent, New York Times
"Fascinating biopic on the 19th-century Ludwig van Beethoven."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Abel Gance's film biography of one of the world's greatest composers focuses on what Gance saw to be his only true loves -- music and Holt."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"By turns clunky, corny and downright brilliant, Abel Gance's 1936 biopic on Ludwig Van Beethoven is never less than fascinating"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Easily the best of Gance's talkies, the film's creative élan scarcely wavers even at its most leadenly dramatic."
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion