Following the Ninth: In the Footsteps of Beethoven's Final Symphony 2013

Following the Ninth: In the Footsteps of Beethoven's Final Symphony

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The impact of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony on people's lives around the world.

Cast & Crew

Kerry Candaele
Screenwriter
Nick Taylor
Executive Producer
Lady Birgit Baum
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Dr. Adam Lemmer
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Kevin McGrath
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Critic Reviews for Following the Ninth: In the Footsteps of Beethoven's Final Symphony

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  • The film is badly overconceived, especially when Candaele divides her subjects' stories into five chapters based on the symphony's respective movements, but the personal reminiscences are stirring and occasionally heartbreaking.

    December 23, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Writer-director Kerry Candaele incisively documents the ideological legacy of opus 125 in Chile, China and Germany.

    December 20, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Despite the good intentions, structurally it's all over the place with an excess of montages, archival footage, interviews and information practically drowning out any chance to appreciate the richness of the German composer's beloved achievement.

    November 21, 2013 | Full Review…
  • All the film's segments are smartly assembled and gracefully paced. Oh, and the score's pretty good, too.

    November 1, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Each anecdote builds upon the next to create that rarest of films: a documentary as ineffable and transformative in its reach as it sets out to be.

    October 31, 2013 | Full Review…
  • The film rarely lets you contemplate the music without competition from strong images, and another five or so minutes could have offered background to the work itself. But like Beethoven's, this Ninth leaves you wanting more.

    March 24, 2016 | Full Review…

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