Beethoven's Great Love

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Beethoven's Great Love
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Directed by Abel Gance
Written byAbel Gance
Steve Passeur
Produced by Michel Kagansky
Christian Stengel
Starring Harry Baur
Annie Ducaux
Jany Holt
Cinematography Marc Fossard
Robert Lefebvre
Edited by Marguerite Beaugé
André Galitzine
Music by Philippe Gaubert
Général Productions
Distributed by Éclair-Journal
Release date
  • 7 December 1936 (1936-12-07)
Running time
135 minutes

Beethoven's Great Love (French: Un grand amour de Beethoven is a 1936 French historical musical drama film directed by Abel Gance and starring Harry Baur, Annie Ducaux and Jany Holt. [1] [2] It portrays the career of the composer Ludwig van Beethoven. In Britain and the United States it was sometimes alternatively titled The Life and Loves of Beethoven.


It was shot at the Cité Elgé Studios in Paris. The film's sets were designed by the art director Jacques Colombier.


In Vienna in the early 19th century, while Beethoven works as a musical tutor, two of Beethoven's pupils are in love with him. One ends up marrying a count instead while the other spends years of unrequited love as his fiancée. Beethoven moves to Heiligenstadt to dedicate himself to his music, and overcoming his growing deafness, composes a series of masterworks.


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