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Copying Beethoven (2006)

Copying Beethoven

Overview


Genre

Drama, Musical, Romance

Release Date

November 10, 2006 (Limited)

MPAA Rating

PG-13

Studio

MGM

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  Be the 1st!

Cast and Crew


Director

Agnieszka Holland

Producer

Stephen J. Rivele, Christopher Wilkinson, Sidney Kimmel, Michael Taylor

Screenwriter

Stephen J. Rivele, Christopher Wilkinson

Starring

  • Ed Harris as Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Diane Kruger as Anna Holtz
  • Matthew Goode as Martin Bauer
  • Ralph Riach
  • Bill Stewart
  • George Mendel
  • Joe Anderson
  • Angus Barnett
  • Nicholas Jones
  • Phyllida Law

Story


An aspiring composer of humble means, 23-year-old Anna Holtz (Diane Kruger) is seeking inspiration and career advancement in the world's music capital, Vienna.

A student at the music conservatory, she is recommended for a position at a venerated publisher, and, in a fortuitous turn of events, orchestrates an opportunity to work beside the greatest, most mercurial artist alive - Ludwig van Beethoven (Ed Harris).

When the skeptical Beethoven issues an impromptu challenge, Anna demonstrates her competence and musical insight. The maestro accepts Anna as his copyist, beginning a remarkable relationship that will transform both of their lives.

Featuring Harris' remarkable incarnation as the celebrated composer, and a breakthrough performance by Kruger ("Troy," "National Treasure"), "Copying Beethoven" centers on the last years of Beethoven's life...a turbulent period in which his struggles with deafness, loneliness and family trauma provided profound inspiration for arguably the greatest symphony ever written, his astonishing Ninth.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..wildly uneven, speculative drama..”
by Tim Knight [Reel]
“..never successfully comes off the written page..”
by Michael Rechtshaffen [The Hollywood Reporter]
“..woefully underimagined..”
by Jason Clark [Slant Magazine]