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Review of the Film "Immortal Beloved"
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The film “Immortal Beloved” was released in 1994 and dealt with the life and loves of the famous composer Ludwig van Beethoven.It is both a beautiful tribute to the genius of a man who gave to the world such great masterpieces as the Ninth Symphony and an attempt to throw new light into a mystery that has perplexed and fascinated many Beethoven scholars…
The film “Immortal Beloved” was released in 1994 and dealt with the life and loves of the famous composer Ludwig van Beethoven. It is both a beautiful tribute to the genius of a man who gave to the world such great masterpieces as the Ninth Symphony (made while completely deaf) and an attempt to throw new light into a mystery that has perplexed and fascinated many Beethoven scholars and researchers. In particular, it concerns the mystery behind the true identity of the “Unsterbliche Gelliebte” or the Immortal Beloved. Three letters that were found in the private files of the renowned singer were addressed to this Immortal Beloved. The movie begins upon the death of Beethoven and his assistant is faced with the task of carrying out the instructions in the Last Will and Testament. He chances upon one of the letters addressed to an “Immortal Beloved” and wonders who this might be. The movie then shows a series of flashbacks from the famous musician’s past and comes to the conclusion, after showing Schindler interviewing several people, that Beethoven’s Immortal Beloved is none other than Johanna Reiss, the daughter of a prosperous Viennese upholsterer named Anton van Reiss. In the film, she had become pregnant out of wedlock with Beethoven’s child, but because of a series of unfortunate events, she did not marry him, but rather she married his brother Kaspar. The movie, however, cannot be considered a faithful depiction of the life of Beethoven. It is a work of fiction and should be taken as such. ...
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