Louis van Beethoven (2020 movie)

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Louis van Beethoven
Directed byNiki Stein
Written byNiki Stein
Produced byErnst Ludwig Ganzert
Starring
CinematographyArthur W. Ahrweiler
Edited byJan Henrik Pusch
Distributed byDegeto, WDR, ORF
Running time
120 minutes
CountriesGermany, Czech Republic, Austria
LanguageGerman


Louis van Beethoven is a biographical film that came out for the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth. The movie shows us the story of the world-famous composer from different perspectives. The title reflects the name that was used in his youth.[1]

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The film moves back and forth between Beethoven’s final year and his early life in Bonn. The Beethoven we meet as an adult (played by Tobias Moretti) has long been deaf. He has come to his brother Johann’s home in Gneixendorf along with their nephew Karl (Peter Lewys Preston) after Karl’s attempted suicide. There Louis is in constant battle with everyone around him. This is the background that leads to memories of his earlier life.

As a child in Bonn, Louis (Colin Pütz) was a musical prodigy. He is pushed by his father, who has dreams of him being a new Mozart. Through his father’s connections as a singer in the court of the Elector, the young Beethoven comes under the supervision of other musicians. He also comes in contact with Tobias Pfeiffer (Sabin Tambrea), a local actor who rooms with the family.

As he becomes a young man, Louis (Anselm Bresgott) continues to grow as a musician. He also suffers the loss of his mother, which sends his father into grief and alcoholism. He comes under the patronage of the von Breuning family and falls in love with Eleonore von Breuning (Caroline Hellwig). But he is below the family’s social station and any match between them is forbidden. To recreate the atmosphere of Beethoven’s era, it was decided to use a few replicas of period instruments made by a modern piano maker Paul McNulty.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Review: Handsomely-mounted 'Louis Van Beethoven' is bum-bum-humdrum". Los Angeles Times. 2020-12-16. Retrieved 2021-07-13.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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