Beethoven - Eroica: The Day That Changed Music Forever (2004)
featuring the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique
Next Monday June 21 is the Movie Dirty Dozen Blogfest hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh. If you like movies and would like to sign up there is a Linky list below this post. My post today is about a favorite movie of mine that I will not be including on my list because it was originally released as a BBC Television movie and I am only going to list theatrical releases. Also on my list I have decided not to include any films less than 20 years old. Nevertheless, since I am focusing on classical music this week, I wanted to share my Amazon review of this film which I hold in high esteem.
On one hand I would say if you like action, straightforward plot, special effects, and in-your-face acting and you don't like classical music then stay away, far away from this movie. On the other hand, maybe this is exactly what you need a dose of. In my book, this is one of the finest movies I have seen. The complete performance of Beethoven's 3rd Symphony--"Eroica" or "the Heroic" symphony-- is enough to recommend it. However, the acting, direction, editing, and cinematography are of the highest caliber. There is minimal dialogue, however the actors convey their emotions wordlessly as they react to the music of the master. If you love Beethoven, you should love this movie. But if you can appreciate life and what it is to be human and the continual march of history and change, then this movie should stir you within. Give this one a chance. Go to "Eroica" expecting to hear a symphony and then listen closely. A film for the ages, food for the soul.
Have you seen any of the movies about Beethoven, such as this one, Immortal Beloved, or Copying Beethoven? What did you think of them? Do you tend to avoid classical music? If so why? If you think classical music is boring, why so? Please don't be afraid to express your opinion as I am trying to understand the appreciation of classical music by the general music listening audience. I am currently doing research about music education and I would truly appreciate any help you can give me on this.
Oh, and don't forget our little mini-blog event on Wednesday June 16 (tomorrow if you're reading this today on the day it was posted). 10 Favorite Drinkin' songs and 10 Favorite Drivin' songs-- the Linky list is at the top of the sidebar if you'd like to join us.