Copying Beethoven (2006)

PG-13   |    |  Biography, Drama, Music

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




  • Diane Kruger in Copying Beethoven (2006)
  • Agnieszka Holland in Copying Beethoven (2006)
  • Ed Harris in Copying Beethoven (2006)
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  • Ed Harris and Diane Kruger in Copying Beethoven (2006)
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19 October 2006 | natsla
| Copying Amadeus? Not really
Actually the film has much less similarities to Forman's masterpiece than expected from a biopic on a great composer. At the moment there's only two comments on it, meaning it hasn't have a wide American release yet. Whoever thinks the audiences can't enjoy the dynamics of two people in a cluttered Dostoevskian room is deeply wrong.

Anyway, just got back from the first screening in Jerusalem. Ed Harris is very convincing as Ludwig Van, and the whole film is paradoxically reminiscent of A Clockwork Orange, with its use of Beethoven's Ninth throughout the score. Another film we're reminded of is Girl with a Pearl Earring - the relationship between the artist and the female protagonist is quite similar at the beginning to what is shown there. Finally, "Copying Beethoven" is directed by a woman, for whom it must have been important to tell a story of a woman's status in a world of Arts dominated by men, especially at those times. A bit boring towards the ending, it's nevertheless captivating.

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