In Search of Beethoven

In Search of Beethoven

In Search of Beethoven

From Phil Grabsky, the filmmaker behind In Search of Mozart, comes this documentary exploring the life and music of Beethoven.

Grabsky travels across Europe and North American to interview historians and musicians, and looks at the romantic myth of Beethoven as a heroic, tormented figure battling to overcome his tragic fate, struck down by deafness, who searched for his 'immortal beloved' but remained unmarried. Looking beyond the image of the tortured, cantankerous personality, In Search of Beethoven reveals someone quite different and far more interesting.

The film also captures 55 performances, from artists around the world, presented chronologically - marrying it to Beethoven’s biography and letters.

2009Rating: G140 minsUK
DocumentaryMusic
Director:
Phil Grabsky ('In Search of Mozart', 'Muhammad Ali: Through the Eyes of the World')

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Too long documentary

I thought it would never end. You need to be a classical music fan to enjoy.

2.0

Ideal film for non-classical buffs

Iguess those who have studied classical would know it all, but I found this movie/doco really good. enjoyed the hiostorical aspects of Beethovens life and of course the music. Highlighted the importance of near lunacy in both productive genius, and in those who share in the excitment even generations later!

4.0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

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Musicians speak for their composer and the music speaks for itself in expansive documentary about the composer whose work changed the classical world.

5.0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Musicians speak for their composer and the music speaks for itself in expansive documentary about the composer whose work changed the classical world.

5.0

Too long documentary

I thought it would never end. You need to be a classical music fan to enjoy.

2.0

Ideal film for non-classical buffs

Iguess those who have studied classical would know it all, but I found this movie/doco really good. enjoyed the hiostorical aspects of Beethovens life and of course the music. Highlighted the importance of near lunacy in both productive genius, and in those who share in the excitment even generations later!

4.0