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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 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 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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He was the greatest composer of his time. One last performance would define his genius. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Music

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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$352,786, 31 December 2006
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Bill Stewart died shortly after its release. See more »

Goofs

After Anna Holtz catches Karl van Beethoven stealing and Karl runs out the door, Anna quickly runs to her desk takes off her jacket. In the next shot it is back on and she takes it off again. See more »

Quotes

Ludwig van Beethoven: And now this woman is sent to me at this very moment. What if she was sent by HIM?
Rudy: Women are usually sent by the other one.
Ludwig van Beethoven: Well, suppose it's a sign?
Rudy: A sign for what, Louis?
Ludwig van Beethoven: That it's time.
Rudy: A time for what?
Ludwig van Beethoven: A time for me to join with HIM.
Rudy: Well, if it's true and she was sent by HIM, and she's waiting in your apartment, you shouldn't be sitting here drinking, should you?
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Soundtracks

String Quarted No. 14 in C sharp minor Op. 131
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by The Takács Quartet
Courtesy of Decca Music Group Limited, part of Universal Music Group International
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American actor portraying a German in Hungary's Vienna
11 September 2006 | by atandtSee all my reviews

there were some confusing aspects to this film which distracted from the potential to enjoy it more. first off, i'd just seen "Immortal Beloved" the week before, and understand that in order to not make "Copying Immortal Beloved" the interpretation of the screenplay had to avoid mimicry. that was OK, to see things through a different sets and props, and draw the relationships from another angle.

but the inclusion of a fictional character to highlight the story of a well-known personage is tough for some fans to accept. there were moments of wonderful emotion and power, but to invest in these scenes while being told a historically-inaccurate story cheapens the feeling.

someone mentioned "Shakespeare in Love" as being inaccurate as well, but fun, and i suppose if that sort of revisionism doesn't bother one, then definitely see this film. it is comedic and doesn't linger too long beyond the story's needs.

for the more discriminating folks, be advised that this film doesn't make use of the standard British-actors-with-German-accents, but British/American/German actors with American (and in some cases, unplaceable) accents. even some words which appear on-screen in Gothic script, that were read aloud, were written in English, something that for me changes the setting in a subtle way.

the story itself was a bit confusing, and enough various ideas were put forth to make me wonder what the film was actually meant to be about. is it a tale of Beethoven's struggle for acceptance and success after a long period of not composing? is it meant to show the strains & events leading up to his passing? was it a study of relationships, in that the people in his life had their own particular opinion & approach to him?

see this film with a mind that it is not meant to be realistic historically (ie. the anachronistically-plucky heroine, for one), but another way to think about a tormented, complex human being who saw himself as divinely-appointed to make some of eternity's most beautiful music.


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