Saturday, April 16, 2011

4/16 In Search of the Magnificent Rebel

Today I'm going to feature a kind of "smorgasboard" Beethoven biography program.  From Disney's TV show from the Golden Age of TV comes "The Magnificent Rebel - The Story of Beethoven".
60 minutes, followed by the trailer:
Karl Boehm stars as Ludwig van Beethoven in this lavish Disney production, filmed on location in Europe. Beethoven is depicted as an intense, moody individual, who pours out his emotions in music--and in the occasional romance. The incessant din of the Napoleonic wars causes Beethoven to lose his hearing, after which he becomes more withdrawn than ever. He is humanized through the friendship of a blind youth, who gives him the fortitude to continue his work. (originally telecast in Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color, was released theatrically in Europe. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Another GREAT drama about Beethoven is the TV production "Beethoven Lives Upstairs".


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