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Parents' Guide to

Beethoven Lives Upstairs

By Andy Davis, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

A virtuostic introduction to the composer.

Movie NR 1992 30 minutes
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age 6+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 5+

One of the Best FILMS about composers !!

Its just perfect , only that it would be better if it was a longer movie !

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Great messages
Great role models
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age 7+

It's a great movie but ...

Beethoven lives upstairs is a great movie for kids and adults but there are moments when for example appears nudity and references to sex there are exceeds when Beethoven it's very angry and trow things But is a great movie for everyone I think that it would be rated +7

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Great messages
Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say (1 ):

Beethoven's music and eccentric personality hold almost universal appeal to youngsters, and this is a great way to introduce them to his works. Viewers get to witness several maniacal episodes from the perspective of a young boy and the soundtrack gives beautifully performed examples of Beethoven's genius. Beethoven hurls food at servants, demeans musicians, and keeps himself awake by pouring pitchers of cold water over his head. These tense segments hold the audience's attention long enough for them to see the more tender side of this genius.

The story persistently encourages empathy for Beethoven's worsening deafness late in the gifted man's life. Christophe's uncle explains that beautiful music is behind the alarming cacophony that comes from Beethoven's quarters. The boy eventually gains an admiration for the composer when he refuses the invitation to a royal dinner with his famous quote, "There are thousands of Princes, but there is only one Beethoven." As he befriends young Christophe, the composer reveals his unhappy childhood with a drunken father, and the story begins to show that Beethoven's genius, and the deafness that began to thwart it, were the cause for his isolation and bizarre behavior.

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