In Search of Beethoven
Directed by Phil Grabsky
“One of the finest films ever about a great musician.”—The Observer
In Search of Beethoven addresses the romantic myth that Beethoven was a heroic, tormented figure battling to overcome his tragic fate of deafness all while searching for his “immortal beloved.”
The film delves beyond the image of the tortured, bad-tempered and unhinged personality to reveal someone quite different and far more interesting. In Search of Beethoven brings together the world’s leading performers and experts on Beethoven to reveal new insights into this legendary composer.
The line-up of performers and interviewees includes Gianandrea Noseda, Sir Roger Norrington, Riccardo Chailly, Claudio Abbado, Fabio Luisi, Frans Brüggen, Ronald Brautigam, Hélène Grimaud, Vadim Repin, Janine Jansen, Paul Lewis, Lars Vogt, and Emanuel Ax, among others.
The film has been called the best film ever made on Beethoven, and is the choice of the Beethoven Haus (Beethoven’s birthplace) as the “go-to” film on the composer.
This film is being screened in celebration of the 250th-anniversary of Beethoven’s birth in December of 2020. 2019, U.K., DCP, 145 minutes. Recommended for 12+.
$12 | $10 Speed and Louisville Chamber Orchestra members
CINEMA+ a post-screening discussion headed by Dr. Christopher Brody, Assistant Professor of Music Theory at the School of Music at the University of Louisville.