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Louis van Beethoven (2020 film)

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Louis van Beethoven
Directed byNikolaus Stein von Kamienski
Produced byErnst Ludwig Ganzert
Written byNikolaus Stein von Kamienski
StarringTobias Moretti
Colin Pütz
Anselm Bresgott
CinematographyArthur W. Ahrweiler
Edited byJan Henrik Pusch
Release date
  • December 4, 2020 (2020-12-04)
Running time
120 minutes
Czech Republic

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Louis van Beethoven is a biographical film that came on in commemoration of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth.[1] The movie takes a multi-perspective approach to telling the story of his life. The title "Louis van Beethoven" is the name that was used when the composer was a young boy.


Oscillating between the last year of Beethoven’s life and his early years living in Bonn, the movie contrasts an unhappy and short-tempered old man who has long been deaf (played by Tobias Morretti) against a much younger and unmolded version of Beethoven as a child (Colin Pütz).

From a young age, Beethoven’s father recognizes his son’s natural musical talent and pushes him to follow in the footsteps of Mozart. Thanks to his father’s musical connections from being a singer, young Beethoven is tutored by multiple musicians during his early years. He also has a formative encounter with local actor and social activist Tobias Pfeiffer (Sabin Tambrea) during a period when the performer is renting a room in the Beethoven family home.

As the young composer grows into manhood, his musical talents soar, but his personal life is riddled with tragedy. From the death of his mother, to the resulting depression and alcoholism of his father, to the forbidden love of a woman of a higher social station that is never allowed to come to fruition; Beethoven’s transition from a naïve and innocent young boy into a dark and bitter old man gradually comes to be understood.


  • Tobias Moretti as Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Colin Pütz as Louis van Beethoven (8–12 old)
  • Anselm Bresgott as Louis van Beethoven (17–21 old)
  • Ulrich Noethen as Christian Gottlob Neefe
  • Silke Bodenbender as Helene von Breuning
  • Caroline Hellwig as Eleonore von Breuning (17–21 old)
  • Cornelius Obonya as Johann van Beethoven (brother)
  • Johanna Gastdorf as Therese van Beethoven
  • Ronald Kukulies as Jean van Beethoven (father)
  • Peter Lewys Preston as Karl van Beethoven
  • Sabin Tambrea as Tobias Pfeiffer
  • Manuel Rubey as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Tatiana Nekrasov as Magdalena
  • Dominik Maringer as Graf Waldstein
  • Gabriela Lindl as Susanne Neefe
  • Sebastian Straub as Holz
  • Noëmi Krausz as Amalie
  • Hubertus Hartmann as Kanonikus
  • Angela Braun as Magdalena Wellmann
  • Jürgen Hartmann as Caspar Anton von Belderbusch
  • Lisa Fertner as Konstanze Mozart
  • Marie Schöneburg as Madame Grossmann
  • C.C. Weinberger as Ignaz Schuppanzigh
  • Alexander Jagsch as Joseph II.
  • Levin Liam as Graf Spee
  • Christine Sommer as Dame
  • Cloé Heinrich as Eleonore als Kind
  • Harry Schäfer as Max Franz


  1. "Review: Handsomely-mounted 'Louis Van Beethoven' is bum-bum-humdrum". Los Angeles Times. 2020-12-16. Retrieved 2021-06-18. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)

External links[edit]

Category:2020 films Category:Depictions of Ludwig van Beethoven on film Category:Musical films based on actual events Category:Biographical films about musicians

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