Beethoven's Great Love

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.

Beethoven's Great Love
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Directed byAbel Gance
Written byAbel Gance
Steve Passeur
Produced byMichel Kagansky
Christian Stengel
StarringHarry Baur
Annie Ducaux
Jany Holt
CinematographyMarc Fossard
Robert Lefebvre
Edited byMarguerite Beaugé
André Galitzine
Music byPhilippe Gaubert
Général Productions
Distributed byÉclair-Journal
Release date
  • 7 December 1936 (1936-12-07)
Running time
135 minutes

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 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.


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ King p.243
  2. ^ Karney, Robyn; Finler, Joel Waldo; Bergan, Ronald (2006). Cinema Year by Year: The Complete Illustrated History of Film. Dorling Kindersley. ISBN 978-0-7566-2259-6.


  • King, Norman. Abel Gance: A Politics of Spectacle. Bloomsbury Academic, 1984.

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