Un grand amour de Beethoven (The Life and Loves of Beethoven) (1937)
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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
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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.
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.
Easily the best of Gance's talkies, the film's creative élan scarcely wavers even at its most leadenly dramatic.
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