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Copying Beethoven (2006)

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A fictionalized account of the last year of Beethoven's life.

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Agnieszka Holland
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Cast

Credited cast:
Diane Kruger ... Anna Holtz
Ralph Riach Ralph Riach ... Wenzel Schlemmer
Matyelok Gibbs Matyelok Gibbs ... Old Woman
Ed Harris ... Ludwig van Beethoven
Bill Stewart ... Rudy
Angus Barnett ... Krenski
Viktoria Dihen Viktoria Dihen ... Magda
Phyllida Law ... Mother Canisius
Matthew Goode ... Martin Bauer
Gábor Bohus Gábor Bohus ... Schuppanzigh
Joe Anderson ... Karl van Beethoven
David Kennedy ... Neighbor
Nicholas Jones ... Archduke Rudolph
László Áron ... Judge
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Márta Hainfart Márta Hainfart ... Soloist (Soprano)
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Storyline

Vienna, 1824. In the days before the first performance of the Ninth Symphony, Beethoven needs help with copying out the charts, so a promising student of composition, Anna Holtz, 23, is sent to assist him. She not only aids the transcription of the notes, she provides guidance from the orchestra pit as Beethoven conducts the work's debut. During the next two years, the final ones of Beethoven's life, Anna provides assistance to the deaf, temperamental, ailing man. In return, he tutors her in composition and explains to her the ideas and principles of Romanticism. He tries to speak for God. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The passion behind the genius See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexual elements | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Myriad Pictures

Country:

USA | Germany | Hungary

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 March 2007 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

L'élève de Beethoven See more »

Filming Locations:

Hungary See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$70,460, 12 November 2006

Gross USA:

$384,029

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,191,746
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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In an interview with The Guardian on August 11, 2007, Ed Harris stated that his biggest disappointment has been "The distribution of Copying Beethoven in the US." He also claimed the most important lesson life has taught him is "Don't let MGM distribute a film you care about." See more »

Goofs

The movie is set in 1824 during the composition of Beethoven's 9th Symphony. Throughout the movie Beethoven is shown to be hard of hearing but quite capable of understanding people who speak loudly. In reality, Beethoven had totally lost his hearing seven years earlier (1817). The 9th Symphony was composed while he was completely deaf. See more »

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Ludwig van Beethoven: [conclusion--Beethoven is describing his "Song of Thanks to the Deity"] No key. It's common time, molto adagio, sotto voce. First violin, quarter notes. Middle C up to A. Measure. G up to C, tied, F. Second violin, bar two. Middle C up to A. Double note E, G, C. Viola clef, 2B pressed. It's a hymn of thanksgiving to God, for sparing me to finish my work. After the pianissimo, the canon resumes. First violin takes the theme. Viola, C to A. It's growing, gaining strength. Second violin, C to A, an...
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Soundtracks

Piano Sonata No. 5 in C minor Op. 10
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by Vladimir Ashkenazy
Courtesy of Decca Music Group Limited, part of Universal Music Group International
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Enjoyable and sensitive screen mini-biography about life of the greatest composer
6 November 2006 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This is a colorful, enchanting though superficial fictional semi-biography of Ludwig Van Beethoven (Ed Harris) kissed with genius. His last days are brought to life in this entertaining drama musical . This 104 minutes film gives you a splendid idea of the most famous classical music composer .The picture concerns about the tempestuous relationship between a young girl (Diane Kruger) who works as copyist and the excellent musician. A number of factual liberties are taken is this imaginative screen-biography of the history's great composer but it doesn't matter because is also based on real events, as his problematic relation submerged by dramatics with his nephew Karl Van Beethoven(Joe Anderson). Not too bad as biopic go, but musical talent and Ed Harris interpretation is definitely the star in this production. Beethoven's music is the highlight of the film as when he directs the orchestra amid the strains of symphonies 5,7 9,¨Ode to joy¨ and she helps him .

It's a stunning film full of superb music, literate, wit and an immensely dramatic fire. The picture contains some striking visual images ,lavish setting, terrific period piece with realistic scenario for the XIX century filmed on location in Budapest,Hungary, besides nifty brilliant costumes. Ed Harris delivers a convincing portrayal, sometimes a little bit exaggerated, of the popular composer whose music is become immortal. Ed Harris(nominated for Academy Award by ¨Pollock¨) acting is magnificent, he expresses musical genius and a first class finger-matching and musical conductor of Beethoven's music has a glorious sweep. The German actress Diane Kruger(Troy,National treasure) is beautiful and gorgeous, she is resolute but vulnerable in the role as copyist and admirer of the greatest composer she has ever heard. The Academy of Ancient Music Orchestra and soloists contributed to the splendid soundtrack. Atmospheric and glimmer cinematography by Ashley Rowe is simply stunning. The motion picture is well directed by Agnieszka Holland. Devotees of the music will appeal this film which is a fine tribute to the master.


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