Immortal Beloved and an 8-year-old’s dreams of marrying Gary Oldman

Do you enjoy listening to classical music? When you see Gary Oldman do you let out a long sigh? Do romantic Victorian fashions make your toes curl? When you see a tragically romantic movie, do you weep? If you answered “Yes!” to any of these questions then why haven’t you seen Immortal Beloved yet?

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The VHS cover that I would stare at longingly for hours

When Immortal Beloved came out in 1994, I was merely a child; it was not a typical movie an 8-year-old should be exposed to. My mother was not a supporter of censorship, so I was exposed to many movies that would be life changing for me, although they had very adult-like themes. Looking back, I strongly believe she made the right decision. In the third grade, I went to the movie theater with my mom, aunt, grandma, and siblings. The movie was Schindler’s List. The movie had a very strong theme of hate, but looking back on what my child self remembered: a girl in a red coat. That is all I could tell you about the movie. A child’s mind will remember what is wants to, or has the capacity to. My mind remembered the one bit of color from the entire movie, not the nudity or genocide.

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I became obsessed with this image for years. I still long for a red coat like the little girl’s.

I digress. Back to Immortal Beloved. My mother considered this the “best date movie.” Why? I would ask myself. It wouldn’t be until I became an adult did I realize how sexy the movie is. Immortal Beloved tells the story of Ludwig Van Beethoven and his immortal beloved, the person he would will his entire legacy to. The movie tells of Beethoven’s childhood, how he became deaf, his many lovers, and how he changed the “music scene” as youngsters like to say nowadays. After watching the movie, I would go out to my mother’s flowerbed and sit on the bench. I would daydream of being whisked away by a brilliant, slightly depressive man. When I watch this movie as an adult, I become completely depressed with emotion. I cry, I worry, I wonder why my life can’t be as tragic as Beethoven.

The movie is incredibly beautiful, tragic and romantic. I weep every time I watch it, making me wish I were born in a time period when women would experience pleasure like no other when listening to a composer’s orchestra play powerful music. I strongly believe Beethoven was the greatest composer of all time, and I have Gary Oldman to thank for that sentiment. Gary Oldman is a fox in Immortal Beloved.

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Oh, Beethoven, you sly dog.

Have you seen Immortal Beloved? If yes, then let’s talk! I don’t know too many people who have seen this film.

If you haven’t seen it, then I strongly recommend you rent this movie today. You won’t regret it!

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Isabella Rossellini also stars in this movie. Need I say more?

 

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