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documentary Beethoven's Hair A film by Larry Weinstein

A film by Larry Weinstein

Beethoven's Hair A film by Larry Weinstein


Based on the book by Russell Martin, Larry Weinstein's 2005 documentary focuses on the strange journey taken by a lock of Beethoven's hair.

Soon after Beethoven's death, a boy cut a lock of the composer's iconic hair as a keepsake. Nearly two centuries later, that same hair was purchased by two American Beethoven enthusiasts at a Sotheby's auction. What that lock of hair reveals—through forensic testing and the story of generations of owners—is the subject of this award-winning documentary film. The tale of the composer's life and legacy unfolds against an aural backdrop of some of his greatest masterpieces.



  • Directed by:
    • Larry Weinstein
  • Production date: 2005
  • Duration: 1 h 24 min
  • Production: © Rhombus Media Inc.
  • Available version(s): EN
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