Immortal Beloved

1994, Drama/Biography, 2h 1m

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This biography chronicles the life of infamous classical composer Ludwig van Beethoven (Gary Oldman) and his painful struggle with hearing loss. Following Beethoven's death in 1827, his assistant, Schindler (Jeroen Krabbé), searches for an elusive woman referred to in the composer's love letters as "immortal beloved." As Schindler solves the mystery, a series of flashbacks reveals Beethoven's transformation from passionate young man to troubled musical genius.

Cast & Crew

Gary Oldman
Ludwig van Beethoven
Jeroen Krabbé
Anton Felix Schindler
Isabella Rossellini
Anna Marie Erdody
Johanna ter Steege
Johanna Reiss , van Beethoven
Marco Hofschneider
Karl van Beethoven
Miriam Margolyes
Nanette Streicher
Barry Humphries
Clemens Metternich
Valeria Golino
Giulietta Guicciardi
Gerard Horan
Nikolaus Johann van Beethoven
Christopher Fulford
Casper Anton Carl van Beethoven
Alexandra Pigg
Therese Obermayer
Luigi Diberti
Franz Josef Guicciardi
Michael Culkin
Jakob Hotscevar
Matthew North
Young Karl van Beethoven
Stephen McEveety
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Peter Suschitzky
Cinematographer
Dan Rae
Film Editor
Jirí Hlupy
Production Design
Maurizio Millenotti
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Critic Reviews for Immortal Beloved

All Critics (55) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (31) | Rotten (24)

  • Music scholars have challenged the film's authenticity, but they cannot dispute the magnificent image-making by director Bernard Rose.

    May 24, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • It may be a cartoon. Yet, with Beethoven's compositions crashing and storming around him, it's a cartoon that has some dark, harrowing grandeur.

    May 24, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Yes, this is another one of Hollywood's silly symphonies, an unintentionally amusing bit of piffle that allows mortals a privileged glimpse into the private life of a legendary composer.

    May 24, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Moments like these may lift Immortal Beloved high enough for even the most skeptical of purists to forgive it. Moments like these and, of course, all that glorious music.

    May 24, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The results are always excessive and sometimes quite aggravating, but they're weirdly appropriate to the subject of the story, an over-the-top artiste who seemed excessive and aggravating to many of his 19th-century cronies.

    May 24, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Despite Oldman's powers, this adds up to a less than immortal musical love story.

    May 24, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Immortal Beloved

  • Jan 29, 2012
    Gary Oldman is absolutely phenomenal here as Ludwig van Beethoven but the supporting cast is a bit overacted or sometimes wooden and fake. The film itself is a little confusing and slow but it's easy to forget that when you're wrapped up in the mystery, and when watching Oldman give a tour de force performance, and listening to the magnificent music of Beethoven.
    Raymond W Super Reviewer
  • Aug 19, 2011
    Immortal Beloved is an incredible biopic about one of the most famed composers who ever lived. Gary Oldman is the perfect choice to play composer Ludwig Van Beethoven. He brought such charisma to his performance that it's a shame he didn't win an Oscar. I thought he was excellent in the role. Immortal Beloved is a well crafted picture that focuses on the life of Beethoven, and with Gary Oldman's incredible performance, it adds so much to this already impressive film. Whenever a filmmaker decides to tells an artists story on film, it can be either bad or goo. But like Amadeus before it, Immortal Beloved has the distinction of being an incredible and memorable film about another famous composer. The film is different than Amadeus, but it still manages to be just as grand as that film was. Because after all, Beethoven wasn't a forgettable person. Director Bernard Rose did a fine job at bringing Beethoven's life to the screen, and with this cast; he's able to convey a near flawless piece of cinema to the screen. Immortal Beloved is a beautifully acted and told film that has a wonderful story. This is a film for people who admire Beethoven and for Classical music fans everywhere. As of yet, this is the best biopic on Beethoven's life that I have seen, and with Gary Oldman in the lead role, it will be very hard to find someone to outdo his performance. A truly engaging picture.
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  • Sep 24, 2010
    I liked Amadeus better, but Mozart was more of a character. Oldman, once again, did a hell of a job.
    Sean G Super Reviewer
  • Jan 06, 2009
    I enjoyed this one immensely Gary Oldman has such depth and range that he disappears into his characters. It doesn't matter if he's playing Count Dracula or Sid Vicious or Ludwig Van Beethoven, I'm never consciously aware that I'm watching an imitation. He's just that good.
    Randy T Super Reviewer

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