I'm fascinated by the fact that he had no children. There's a certain tragedy about that.
Below is a particularly lovely, emotional scene whereby the deaf Beethoven is conducting his Ninth Symphony with the assistance of his young copyist who kept time for him during the performance. So elegant, dramatic, delicate and moving....
The final scene was particularly fascinating. Earlier in the movie, Beethoven was certain there is no God. The copyist, the niece of a Catholic Mother Superior at the Viennese convent where the movie takes place, talks of God throughout the movie. Beethoven experienced a near-death experience just before this: