Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.
United Kingdom/USA, 1994. Icon Entertainment International, Icon Productions, Majestic Films International. Screenplay by Bernard Rose. Cinematography by Peter Suschitzky. Produced by Bruce Davey. Production Design by Jiri Hlupy. Costume Design by Maurizio Millenotti. Film Editing by Dan Rae.
When Ludwig van Beethoven died, he left an important piece of music behind him that he inscribed as being dedicated to his “immortal beloved”. In this film, three very different women reply to that particular endearment, and we are given the opportunity to examine his relationships with all of three of them in order to find out which one of of the three it was meant for. Gary Oldman is superb in the lead role, mastering the screen with his fantastic presence, while Valeria Golino, and Johanna ter Steege all fare equally well as the three ladies in question. The sets and costumes are beautiful, the music is fabulously scored and sounds great, but unfortunately Bernard Rose’s direction lacks energy. Still, for those with an interest the film should be worthwhile.