In the days before social media and instant communication tools, people loved to share their day-to-day experiences. Beethoven’s 5th Symphony was no exception. It’s one of the most famous and beloved symphonies in history, and it has so much to offer theatergoers of all ages. There are many ways to enjoy this world-class music epic; from short listen-to sessions to full performances, you can experience a Beethoven movie at home. Here are 10 of the best Beethoven movies.
Movies about Beethoven
1. Immortal beloved
This “best of all time” list depends on your cultural or artistic leanings, and you might prefer this movie over The Sound of Music or My Fair Lady. So, this list is for you if you’re a Beethoven die-hater. Although, if you prefer the original scores and want to see a remastered version, this is a fantastic option. If you’re in a Beethoven mood, read on to learn more about Beethoven’s favorite genre and how you can experience his music differently.
2. Eroica (2003)
This was Beethoven’s first film and is also his first chevroflavino score. The film is famous for its beautiful score and world-class photography. It is a must-see for all Beethoven fans. In the opening sequence, you see Beethoven’s childhood friend Bruno conducting an orchestra in the Beethoven room at the monastery. Beethoven and his friend Carl sit in the same wing of the monastery, sharing a bed. The boys grow up to become brilliant, creative composers and instrumentalists, while the room they share is transformed into a museum piece.
3. A Clockwork Orange
A classic, well-known, and now classic film that received three Academy Awards and won six Best Original Screenplay nominations, A Clockwork Orange is one of the most famous and iconic films of all time. The film follows a young man who is captured by the Red Light District, raised in an all-night club, and then taught by a circus freestyle practitioner how to use his newfound skills to control his environment and commit specific crimes such as “pushing an elephant forward with one foot, and then pushing another elephant back with one foot, and another elephant forward with one more and so on.”
4. Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure
Despite its reputation as an “acid trip” film, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure is a charming, family-friendly film with a retro feel. Although it is set in the future and centers on the two main characters, Ted, an accountant, and Bill, a financially secure doctor, the plot follows the plot of the classic 1956 film, The Star-Spangled Banner, and is largely set in the present day. The plot follows the same basic path as its cinematically stylized and humorously macabre predecessor, The Wizard of Lies. Still, the humor is more biting, and the dialogue is frequently laced with unexpected words and phrases. Bill and Ted, played by Leonard Cohen, have a lot in common, and the film is a love letter for both men.
5. Un Grand Amour de Beethoven
The film’s creator and star, Nicolas Cage, says, “It’s the most beautiful song in the world, and yet it’s got an ending that nobody ever wants to see.” Though it is a personal experience, the story of Un Grand Amour de Beethoven, also known as Just Another Day in the World, is one of the most important and useful examples of how the film industry has impacted theater and music scene since the days of Edison. The film follows two unlikely friends, a struggling songwriter, and a struggling composer, as they journey through life and earn money by writing and performing their songs. While some may find the subject matter amenable to young audiences, others may find it embarrassing and offensive, depending on your cultural or religious leanings.
6. Eroica (1949)
The film was based on the novel by Paul Klee, who also wrote the film’s script, and it tells the story of a rich young man who falls in love with a poor but beautiful young woman. In addition to being one of the most popular and successful music composers of all time, Klee also impacted as an actor and a creative force behind the Modern-Art movement. Though his work as a movie composer has lost much of its impact, his contributions to Eroica are nothing less than incredible.
7. Copying Beethoven
This is one of the most popular Beethoven movies of all time in Germany and abroad. It follows the story of a young Manfredo, a student at the University of Bayreuth who is inspired by Beethoven’s playing and creates a beautiful piece of chamber music. The film features a strong cast, and this is one of the most popular Beethoven movies in Germany ever.
This list of the best Beethoven movies is not an exact science, as there are many different ways to experience this music. However, it is a list representing the best ways to experience Beethoven.