Once again, a film of such glory fell on deaf ears - no punintended - in this country.I have spent hours reading reviews on this film, statinghowawful it was, because it was not true to the real Beethoven'slife....Well, I believe that early on in my life, I learned aboutsome-thing called "Poetic License"....and, in fact, this filmIS,basically, a poem.The movie is BASED on a letter that Beethoven actually DID write, to hismystery lover. No one knows, for sure, who thewoman really was. And, this is simply a beautiful interpretation ofsomeone's dream of who she COULD'VE been.<br><br>This was regarded as an AWFUL thing to do, by many Beethovenauthorities - and by people who simply DOUBTED.<br><br>Yet, what went overlooked because of these critics' lackofopen-mindedness - was an exquisite blend of glorious music,and SUPREME acting.<br><br>Once again, Mr. Oldman gave a performance like no otheractorin the world can quite match. His style, sensitivity, and<br><br>genius as the Tragic Beethoven, was magnificent.<br><br>Jeroen Krabbe's portrayal of Anton Schindler, Beethoven'sfriendand champion - was marvelous.<br><br>Johanna ter Steege - who portrayed Johanna, Beethoven'ssister-in-law - was exquisite. Why did they ignore HER? It would'vebeen nice to have her stay here, rather than return to herDutch homeland - to become a major motion picture star, aswell.She had one special attribute - she could ACT.<br><br>The sets, costuming, sound, and editing were all BEAUTIFUL.But the film was ignored.<br><br>Above all, however, Gary Oldman's performance ranked amongthebest in the world - but it, too, was ignored.<br><br>Give the film another chance. It deserves FAR more than itGOT.It was, simply, beautiful...
Biography / Drama
Biography / Drama
The life and death of the legendary Ludwig van Beethoven. Besides all the work he is known for, the composer once wrote a famous love letter to a nameless beloved, and the movie tries to find out who this beloved was--not easy, as Beethoven has had many women in his life.
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