- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 43 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: November 29, 1994
- Originally Released: 1985
- Label: Starmaker Entertainment
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VHS Tape. This film focuses on the destructively possessive relationship between Beethoven and his nephew Karl. After successfully winning the custody of Karl from his mother (Jane Birkin), alleging that she is an immoral prostitute, Beethoven (portrayed here as a tantrum-throwing, greedy, and cantankerous maniac) proceeds to exercise insane control over his young nephew's life. Beethoven acts as a mad master, following Karl into his boarding school, thwarting any meetings with his mother, and preventing amorous liaisons. After an unsuccessful suicide attempt, Karl takes a mistress, only to further provoke his uncle's ire. As Karl's independence increases, so does Beethoven's musical passion and subsequently the decline in his health. In the process of slyly mocking the pretensions of historical costume dramas and the concepts of genius and family, the film simultaneously draws the viewer into a very real tragedy in which each character is equally troubled and sympathetic.