What Tom Hulce did for Mozart in Amadeus, Mr. Oldman has done - and done well - for Ludwig van Beethoven in Immortal Beloved. This was a splendid film to watch and hear and feel. I was pleasantly surprised and heartily impressed by the work that produced this gorgeous film, slightly depressing though it is, to realize that just about every talented artist is fueled by an overbearing eccentricity that seems to always lead to madness and early death. But that is not where I take exception to this movie. The only thing in my mind that cost it a perfect score was it's single-minded concentration on solving the mystery of the "immortal beloved." Granted, this was the focus of the movie, but could we not have seen more of his personal life? The mystery hogs so much spotlight that the flashback at the finale seems almost out of place when it is, in fact, one of the most beautiful scenes in the whole film. Apart from that, I could find no other fault. The look and feel of the period is reproduced splendidly. Everyone does a grand job in their roles, particularly Oldman and the female leads. Probably will not achieve the classic status of Amadeus, and that is a true pity, indeed.