Image Entertainment is bringing the great Abel Gance’s 1936 Beethoven to DVD this October.
The silent epic and international cinema legend Abel Gance is most celebrated for his sweeping and pioneering biography masterpiece Napoleon and his anti-war classic J’accuse. But this touching and tortured document of the legendary Beethoven’s creative genius deserves equal tribute and attention. Like ‘Napoleon, ’ ‘Beethoven’ is Gance’s portrait of a great mind, a giant of history, here crafted as a romantic vision of the artist. The film chronicles the years of Beethoven’s greatest successes and his struggles against overwhelming adversity–poverty, the onset of deafness and his unrequited passion for his ‘Immortal Beloved.’ Writer/director Gance conducts a symphony of images set to an expressionistic score, depicting not only the events but the spirit of the composer’s life. The passion and torment… the triumphs and downfall… the heart and mind of a legend.
Image brings us this landmark film in its original Black and White, Full Frame glory, with a Dolby Digital Mono soundtrack in the original French Language with English subtitles.
The street date is scheduled for October 31st, and the disc will carry a suggested retail price of $24.99.