Immortal Beloved

Immortal Beloved

Bernard Rose (1994)

15 Certificate


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The director of gruesome horror flick Candyman might seem an unlikely biographer of Beethoven, but, in seeking to identify the "immortal beloved" addressed in the composer's will, Bernard Rose has produced a respectful and imaginative study. It's an audacious mixture of Citizen Kane and Amadeus, with some Fantasia-like musical sequences added for good measure. Indeed, cinema has rarely given classical music such a chance to weave its spell. Gary Oldman is superb, although some scenes might have been played with a touch more moderato. Isabella Rossellini, Valeria Golino and Johanna Ter Steege impress as the suspects investigated by the composer's faithful secretary (Jeroen Krabbé).


Biopic of Ludwig van Beethoven, seen through the eyes of his secretary, who sets out to discover the identity of his recently deceased employer's true love, referred to only as `immortal beloved' in a passionate letter. Starring Gary Oldman, Jeroen Krabbe, Isabella Rossellini, Valeria Golino, Miriam Margolyes and Barry Humphries.

Cast & Crew

Ludwig van Beethoven Gary Oldman
Anton Schindler Jeroen Krabbé
Countess Anna Maria Erdody Isabella Rossellini
Joanna van Beethoven Johanna Ter Steege
Julia Guicciardi Valeria Golino
Karl van Beethoven Marco Hofschneider
Count Guicciardi Luigi Diberti
Young Karl van Beethoven Matthew North
Young Ludwig van Beethoven Leo Faulkner
Frau Strelcher Miriam Margolyes
Director Bernard Rose
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Entertainment Film Dists LtdGuidance: Contains violence, some swearing and brief nudity. Available on: video and DVD