Excerpt: I purchased 'Immortal Beloved' during the holiday season Dec. 2008. I had already viewed this outstanding film more times than I care to remember. The reason it took so long for me to write these few words is simple...life got in the way. So here is my simple review. 'Immortal Beloved' in my opinion is one of the most original scripts and well told stories I've had the privilege to view in my lifetime, with an outstanding cast, direction and score there is little more to...
Excerpt: Actor Gary Oldman has played both Sid Vicious and Beethoven. Does this mean Sid looks kind of like Ludwig? LOL. I have'nt seen this whole movie since I saw it in the theater at the time of its release. I remembered it being just ok with the plus being Beethoven's music in the soundtrack, and a performance by Oldman that felt off at times, and pretty good at other times. On bluray the pluses are the same, and you get very good audio quality on Beethoven's music.
Excerpt: This film follows Anton Schindler's (played by Jeroen Krabbé) - who was Beethoven's secretary - quest to ascertain the true identity of the Immortal Beloved addressed in three letters found in the late Beethoven's private papers. Now the film's conclusion is somewhat derided by most experts of Beethoven and the drama is somewhat over-wrought but at it's heart the film has an excellent performance by Gary Oldman who captures the tortured inner soul of the great composer...
Excerpt: Had the pleasure of watching this tonight. I haven't seen it in many years so there was a lot of the film I didn't remember, however the film is excellent!! I love bio films where they don't try to portray the subject as being without faults. Obviously Beethoven had a lot of them. I appreciate that his life was brought to fore for the audience. An excellent film! I admit to being very suprised with how sharp the picture was.
Excerpt: This film even looked great on tape when i had it orignally. I was not expecting in the least to look shitty at all. And...I got what i had expected EXCELLENT BLU-RAY!!! The sound was pounding on my new SC-BT100 blu-ray home theater from Panasonic. Gary Oldman gives his greatest performance here in my opinion and this movie, surprisingly, isn't all that popular, especially when one compares it to Amadeus.
Summary: On his deathbed, Beethoven, the greatest of all composers, leaves a note to his "Immortal Beloved." Like Citizen Kane's "Rosebud," this becomes a device to see the life of Beethoven through flashbacks. This interesting mixture of fact and fiction provides a portrait of the composer's social life but sheds little light on his genius for writing music. The soundtrack is all Beethoven (except for a little Rossini), as we get to hear bits and pieces of many of his works.
Summary: IMMORTAL BELOVED Aspect ratio: 2.39:1 (Panavision) Sound formats: Dolby Digital / SDDS-8 Following Beethoven's death, his closest friend (Jeroen Krabbé) goes in search of the composer's sole heir, an unnamed woman described as his 'immortal beloved' in a letter which betrays their secret love affair. Comparisons with AMADEUS (1984) are inevitable, but Bernard Rose's sumptuous biopic is in a veritable league of its own.
Summary: Bernard Rose's superior film about the life of Ludwig van Beethoven takes as its central premise a mention in the composer's will of an 'immortal beloved', identity unknown. So far, so intriguing. With the casting of versatile British actor Gary Oldman as Beethoven, there was potential for a lot of depth of character (which we get, as the passage of time convinces throughout as Beethoven moves from skirt-chasing youth to crabby and deaf old age).
Summary: This is one of my all-time favorite movies! I thought the music was well done, and I don't understand the criticisms I've read in this forum at all. The central idea of the movie is just one man's theory of who the "immortal beloved" was. No one knows who it actually was, and most theories I've read disagree with the film. No matter! I thought the premise was interesting, whether or not is was true.
Summary: The life of Beethoven was a fascinating one and while Immortal Beloved is not entirely accurate at times, it matters not. The movie merely portrays the music. Its sole purpose, seemingly, is to show the passion of this man via his music. This is the only instance that I can think of where the screenplay and plot were manipulated to fit with the music and not the other way around. Oldman gives an outstanding performance.