Friday, October 3, 2008

Immortal Beloved

From Netflix: Through a series of flashbacks, director Bernard Rose investigates the artistic and romantic passions of Ludwig van Beethoven (Gary Oldman). After the master composer's death, a lifelong friend (Jeroen Krabbé) finds a letter mentioning Beethoven's "immortal beloved," and he sets out to discover the identity of the apparent muse. The film's finale features a magical encapsulation of Beethoven's life and loves set to his "Ode to Joy. The theme of Beethoven's deafness features prominently.

Recommended by Seri Luangphinith, University of Hawaii, Hilo

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