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|Beethoven's Great Love|
|Directed by||Abel Gance|
|Written by||Abel Gance|
|Produced by||Michel Kagansky |
|Starring||Harry Baur |
|Edited by||Marguerite Beaugé|
|Music by||Philippe Gaubert|
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. 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.
In Vienna in the early 1800s while working 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.
- Harry Baur as Ludwig van Beethoven
- Annie Ducaux as Thérèse de Brunswick
- Jany Holt as Juliette Guicciardi
- Jean-Louis Barrault as Karl van Beethoven
- Jean Debucourt as Le comte Robert Gallenberg
- André Nox as Humpholz
- Gaston Dubosc as Anton Schindler
- Sylvie Gance as La mère de l'enfant mort
- Georges Paulais as Le médecin
- Georges Saillard as Breuning
- Jean Pâqui as Pierrot
- Jane Marken as Esther Frechet - la cuisinière
- Marcel Dalio as L'éditeur Steiner
- André Bertic as Johann van Beethoven
- Roger Blin as de Ries
- Dalméras as Franz Schubert
- Lucas Gridoux as Nikolaus Zmeskall
- Yolande Laffon as La coumtesse Guicciardi
- Lucien Rozenberg as Le comte Guicciardi
- Paul Pauley as Schuppanzigh
- King, Norman. Abel Gance: A Politics of Spectacle. Bloomsbury Academic, 1984.
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