Louis van Beethoven

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General Public:$7.00
Film Info
Program:New Releases
Virtual Cinema
Historical Drama
Release Year:2020
Runtime:120 min
Website:Official Website
Print Source:Film Movement
Director:Niki Stein
Producer:Ernst Ludwig Ganzert
Cinematographer:Arthur W. Ahrweiler
Screenwriter:Niki Stein
Editor:Jan Pusch
Principal Cast:Tobias Moretti
Colin Pütz
Anselm Bresgott
Ulrich Noethen



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About the Film

In Celebration of Beethoven's 250th Birthday

The year is 1826. Beethoven faces the final stanza of his career. Deaf and defiant, he recalls memories of his youth including his early tutelage under Bonn court organist Christian Gottlob Neefe. Years later after an encounter with Mozart, the young “Louis” begins studying with Joseph Haydn in Vienna, but unfulfilled love leaves a lasting mark that haunts him for the rest of his life

Bonn, 1779. Eight-year-old Louis van Beethoven (Colin Pütz) grows up in provincial Bonn and is considered a musical prodigy. Attempts by his father Jean to teach the boy fail. The singer and actor Tobias Pfeiffer and the Bonn court organist Christian Gottlob Neefe take on the young genius and shape him in very different ways. Ludwig learns to go his own way, but offends society.

A momentous encounter with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in Vienna and the political upheavals of the time, which culminated in the French Revolution, aroused a freedom-loving spirit in the young Beethoven. The missed love for the young noblewoman Eleonore von Breuning and a series of family tragedies almost made Ludwig give up until he moved to Vienna in the winter of 1792 for an apprenticeship with Joseph Haydn.

All this is embedded in a framework story in which the older Beethoven (Tobias Moretti) stays on the estate of his brother Johann and his wife Therese shortly before his death in 1826. Despite his great successes, most recently with the Ninth Symphony, Beethoven struggles with himself because his late work completely overwhelms his contemporaries. Now completely deaf, he looks back at missed opportunities.

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