December 16, 2020 marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven or “Louis van Beethoven”, as he was known in his youth. Writer-director Niki Stein gives us a film biography of this titanic figure that covers his life from age eight (Colin Putz) until his final days (Tobias Moretti) in 1826. There’s 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. He travels to Vienna in the winter of 1792 for an apprenticeship with composer Joseph Haydn. In German with subtitles. (120 mins)
“The stunning recreation of the period as filmed in Germany and the Czech Republic is an obvious visual asset. There have been numerous films about famous composers but this one comes much closer than most to revealing the very human side of a musical icon. Highly recommended.” – Lawrence D. Devoe, TheaterByte
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