Beethoven's Hair

Larry Weinstein
2005, 84 min
West Coast Premiere

Women's Building Sat, May 20, 3p Buy

How far would you go for a lock of the Maestro’s hair? That’s the premise of Weinstein’s unique documentary, which incorporates re-enactments, long-forgotten silent films, and the actual snippet clipped from Beethoven’s cadaver. Beethoven’s Hair follows the wholly improbably trajectory over the ages of the genetically coded micro-’do, from its last days atop the composer’s brow to its miraculously safe passage through Vienna into Denmark during World War II (where it was secreted among a band of Jews hidden in an attic), and from there to Sweden, Sotheby’s, and, finally, to two Beethoven fans from San Jose. Ludwig van is likely still spinning on Beatles-era outrage alone, but one likes to think he’d wind down a bit for this witty, affectionate and engaging portrait.

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