R | | Biography, Drama, Music
The life and death of the legendary Ludwig van Beethoven. Besides all the work he is known for, the composer once wrote a famous love letter to a nameless beloved, and the movie tries to ... See full summary »
What Beethoven says to Schindler during their first meeting (a rehearsal of the Kreutzer sonata) is taken from Tolstoy's short story "The Kreutzer Sonata".
Ludwig van Beethoven:
You think that because I do not stop you, that I am not listening.
Ludwig van Beethoven: The manner in which you thump out the notes without the slightest thought as to their meaning is unforgivable. And your lack of passion is unforgivable. I shall have to beat you.
The film depicts Beethoven as being deaf for most of his life, even in his youth. Beethoven could still hear slightly until around 1818 when he went almost completely deaf.
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