Beethoven's Hair

Beethoven's Hair

  • Canada
  • 60
  • STC
  • Larry Weinstein

How does a lock of Beethovens famously mad hair end up in the hands of Arizona residents Ira Brilliant and Che Guevara? Will this hair reveal the secrets of Beethovens deafness, volatility and creativity to modern science? Agile, precise and witty, Weinsteins most recent documentary is a consummate musical mystery as two parallel stories of the lock of hair unfold and converge in a surprising conclusion. One story traces the journey of Beethovens hair from his corpse into the hands of a student, on through Nazi concentration camps to the home of a Danish doctor, then on to Sothebys auction block in 1994 where it was purchased by Arizona urologist Che Guevara for display in Ira Brilliants Center for Beethoven Studies. The long strange trip of this relic through time is recounted in parallel with the story of decoding Beethovens lifelong illnesses and their effect on his art by using ultra high-tech x-rays on his hair to determine what poisoned him. Alternately quirky and poignant, Beethovens Hair displays the exquisite edge of Weinsteins masterful storytelling. David McIntosh

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