Un grand amour de Beethoven (The Life and Loves of Beethoven) (1937) - Rotten Tomatoes

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 dedication assisted by Thérèse and others. In later years, we see his devotion to an ungrateful and thieving nephew, his poverty, the isolation of deafness, and the love of friends.

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Critic Reviews for Un grand amour de Beethoven (The Life and Loves of Beethoven)

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

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.

July 8, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
New York Times
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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.

November 15, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
TV Guide

Easily the best of Gance's talkies, the film's creative élan scarcely wavers even at its most leadenly dramatic.

November 15, 2007 | Full Review…
CinePassion

Fascinating biopic on the 19th-century Ludwig van Beethoven.

April 28, 2006 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

By turns clunky, corny and downright brilliant, Abel Gance's 1936 biopic on Ludwig Van Beethoven is never less than fascinating

September 8, 2005 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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