- Actors: Neil Munro, Illya Woloshyn, Fiona Reid, Paul Soles, Albert Schultz
- Directors: David Devine
- Writers: Heather Conkie
- Producers: David Devine, Richard Mozer, Terence Robinson
- Format: Classical, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Live, Subtitled, NTSC
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English
- Dubbed: French, Spanish
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Number of discs: 1
- MPAA Rating:
- Studio: eOne Music
- Release Date: March 18 2003
- Run Time: 51 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- ASIN: B00006RJAA
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,166 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
CLASSICAL KIDS BEETHOVEN LIVES UPSTAIRS
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Based on the best-selling and award-winning Classical Kids CD, Beethoven Lives Upstairs was hailed upon its original release as "a video masterpiece" by the Boston Herald and "the best family film to appear in a long time" by the Ottawa Citizen. The television special has been seen on HBO, PBS, CBC, the Family Channel and YTV and the home video has sold more than 250,000 copies in North America. Based in part on historical fact and featuring more than 25 beautifully-performed excerpts of Beethovens best-loved works, Beethoven Lives Upstairs presents the great composer as a hero for todays children.
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I distinctly remember watching it in the fourth grade, and being a classical soprano myself, finding I was absolutley enchanted with the entire idea. It sparked an interest in Beethoven's life, which, years later, lead to the reading of many a biography and viewing of "Immortal Beloved", a movie which immediatly became my favorite. Therefore, I would most definitely recommend this movie, (for children) it is succinct, clean, to the point, and for me, inspiring. Take it from one who viewed it as a child many a time, children will adore "Beethoven Lives Upstairs."
This badly written, badly acted, but beautifully photographed video presents Beethoven in caricature as an inconsiderate oaf who composes while walking around bare-chested in his upstairs room. Beethoven's humanity and level of interaction with others goes no deeper than seeing the shocked maid dropping her tray while Ludwig throws things at her.
The narrative is carried through the eyes of a young boy, which is OK, since you want to attract children in your audience. But think! What message are you giving your "enlightened" audience?
No compositions are named and precious few pieces that are performed are in the background, being "walked over" by stilted dialogue. The video opens with Beethoven's funeral and parts of the Seventh symphony are heard in the background. Oh yes, for a few moments, strains of the Moonlight Sonata can be heard and then there is the grand finale with the choral section of the Ninth.
No time is spent to show why any of these pieces rises above anything but a toe-tapper, or why Beethoven had anything new to say at all.
What a waste of time and a disappointing work.
We will buy this tape so the entire family can watch it again and again.
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