A young girl, rich and orphaned (Emmy LYNN),
harrassed by a deprived adventurer (Jean TOULOUT)
and by his sister, kills the latter. The adventurer
blackmails her. A year later, the girl marries
a famous composer, an admiror of Beethoven
(Séverin MARS). The adventurer starts courting,
secretly, the composer's daughter (Elizabeth
NIZAN) - daughter by a previous marriage.
The composer, on finding out that a sordid
relationship had existed, in the past, between
his wife and the adventurer wrote, on the
occasion of his daughter's engagement, a symphony
describing his unhappiness. The composer hereby
defines the theme of the 10th symphony: "At
the feet of his master Beethoven , a musician
distraught by the treason of women, tries
to forget and express his sadness".
This extraordinary melodramatic scenario
gave the ambitious Abel GANCE, the opportunity
to translate human sentiments, passions and
exasperations, by a succession of dazzling
sequences (all the scenes are materially remarkable,
often very inventive, and carry their theme
of tradgedy with tumultuous music).