Beethoven Duet

(Ludwig van Beethoven; Beethoven – Tage aus einem Leben)

GDR, n/a, 202 min, color
In German; English subtitles


This DVD presents two films on Ludwig van Beethoven, one of Germany's best-known composers, which were produced by the DEFA Studios over 20 years apart. 


Beethoven Days in a Life (1976, dir. Horst Seemann)
This poetic feature film starring Donatas Banionis explores the joys, heartbreak and artistic spirit of the great composer as he works on his Ninth Symphony.
The film is available as a single title for streaming.


Ludwig van Beethoven (1954, dir. Max Jaap)

One of East Germany's first full-length documentaries combines original documents, letters and drawings with excerpts from Beethoven's musical oeuvre.
The film is available as a single title for streaming.


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DVD Bonus Features:
  • Turn Subtitles On/Off
  • Biographies & Filmographies
  • “A Genius of Our Own: The GDR and DEFA’s Beethovens,” by Kyle Frackman, Univ. of British Columbia
  • “Setting the Scene in Prague,” by Annette Dorgerloh and Anett Werner, Humboldt University

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