MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 248 this week

Copying Beethoven (2006)

PG-13  |   |  Biography, Drama, Music  |  8 March 2007 (Hungary)
6.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.8/10 from 10,333 users   Metascore: 59/100
Reviews: 83 user | 78 critic | 20 from Metacritic.com

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

Director:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 45 titles
created 10 Jul 2011
 
a list of 36 titles
created 24 Apr 2012
 
a list of 31 titles
created 15 Oct 2012
 
a list of 33 titles
created 14 Jan 2013
 
a list of 35 images
created 8 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Copying Beethoven (2006)

Copying Beethoven (2006) on IMDb 6.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Copying Beethoven.

User Polls

2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The life and death of the legendary Ludwig van Beethoven. Beside all the work he is known for, the composer once wrote a famous love letter to a nameless beloved and the movie tries to find... See full summary »

Director: Bernard Rose
Stars: Gary Oldman, Jeroen Krabbé, Isabella Rossellini
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

In 1919, demobbed, Gerald Brenan rents a house for a year in Yegen, a village in Alpujarra. He has little but a love of reading and writing. He's soon the center of attention from his maid,... See full summary »

Director: Fernando Colomo
Stars: Matthew Goode, Verónica Sánchez, Guillermo Toledo
My Family and Other Animals (TV Movie 2005)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

An English family relocates to sunny Greece four years before WWII.

Director: Sheree Folkson
Stars: Eugene Simon, Imelda Staunton, Chris Langham
Burning Man I (2011)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

An English chef with a chic restaurant on Bondi Beach trying to put his life and his relationship with his son back on track while surrounded by women.

Director: Jonathan Teplitzky
Stars: Matthew Goode, Rachel Griffiths, Bojana Novakovic
Beethoven (Video 2005)
Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Even as a young boy, Beethoven marched to the beat of a different drummer. Trained in the traditional music methods by his father, Beethoven was an accomplished pianist by the age of 12. ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Rich
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

The film, set in 1912, is about the exploits of France's first motorized police brigade.

Director: Jérôme Cornuau
Stars: Clovis Cornillac, Diane Kruger, Edouard Baer
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A poignant story of forbidden love and the loss of innocence set in England prior to the Second World War.

Director: Julian Jarrold
Stars: Matthew Goode, Patrick Malahide, Hayley Atwell
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A newlywed bride becomes infatuated with another woman, who questions her sexual orientation, promoting a stir among the bride's family and friends.

Director: Ol Parker
Stars: Piper Perabo, Lena Headey, Matthew Goode
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The Vatican sends a priest to verify some miracles, performed by a woman who has been nominated for sainthood. During his investigation, the priest, who is experiencing a crisis of faith, ... See full summary »

Director: Agnieszka Holland
Stars: Sofia Polanska, Pavol Simon, Ivan Lukac
Drama | Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A look at the classic "Cinderella" story from the perspective of one of her 'ugly' stepsisters

Director: Gavin Millar
Stars: Stockard Channing, Azura Skye, Trudie Styler
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Her son dying of cancer and her marriage falling apart, Julie flees to Poland in search of a man who can heal using his hands. Julie finds not only a magical cure for her son, but also ... See full summary »

Director: Agnieszka Holland
Stars: Miranda Otto, William Fichtner, Lothaire Bluteau
Frankie (2005)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

The story of a model who reaches the end of her short career as a catwalk queen

Director: Fabienne Berthaud
Stars: Diane Kruger, Jeannick Gravelines, Brigitte Catillon
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Anna Holtz
Ralph Riach ...
Wenzel Schlemmer
Matyelok Gibbs ...
Old Woman
...
Bill Stewart ...
Rudy
Angus Barnett ...
Krenski
Viktoria Dihen ...
Magda
...
Mother Canisius
...
Gábor Bohus ...
...
...
Neighbor
...
Archduke Rudolph
László Áron ...
Judge
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
...
Stefan Holtz
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

| |

Language:

Release Date:

8 March 2007 (Hungary)  »

Also Known As:

Antigrafontas ton Beethoven  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$70,460 (USA) (10 November 2006)

Gross:

$352,786 (USA) (29 December 2006)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

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: [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...
See more »

Soundtracks

Violin Sonata No. 7 in C minor Op. 30
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by David Oistrakh and Lev Oborin
Courtesy of Decca Music Group Limited, part of Universal Music Group International
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Fine film about music, with a superb Ed Harris performance
25 November 2006 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

As a professional musician I'm tired of seeing movies that claim to depict the lives of musicians, but just don't "get" it. This one, with all its poetic excesses and liberties taken with the "real" story, does "get" it, and more. The writing has some good scenes, the acting for the most part is good. The scenes of music being written and made are quite true to the reality of the doing. In certain ways adding a fictional character to heighten the story weakens the integrity of the film, especially as the film clearly depicts Beethoven's unrequited love for his nephew Karl. Beethoven's real copyists at this point in his life were men. So what was the point of turning them into a young woman, except to sell the picture and make a political statement?

But no matter. The picture has its moments of real beauty visually and emotionally. It captures the look and sound of a world lit only by daylight, candles and firelight, and in which the loudest sounds heard are those of church bells, added by the sound designer at very telling points in the story.

But the strongest thing about the film is the performance of Ed Harris. This is an amazing theater artist. He totally inhabits the character as written, with no tricks, no Method-izing, no self-conscious showing off, as do his contemporaries, DeNiro and Pacino. He totally disappears into the character, and unlike the actors I mentioned, is totally different in each role, in appearance and in voice. It's done so simply, too, without any extra attention-grabbing flourishes. As I've said elsewhere, his work reminds me most of classic film actors like Tracy, Fonda and Stewart in that respect.

I was astounded by the way he acted the role of a musician, which was incredibly accurate, in ways I would expect from this actor, but still it surprised me. The only other performance on film that I've seen which equals it in this respect is that of Claude Rains in the 1946 melodrama "Deception". But then, Harris' father was a musician, singing in the most famous small chorus of his time, Fred Waring's "Pennsylvanians". So Ed Harris grew up around musicians, accounting for his accurate portrayal and his singing voice.

So do see this film, for the music of course, but also for Ed Harris' riveting performance.


107 of 128 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Beethoven would smash this film to bits.. smithea
Horrible, horrible film damianmead
favorite Beethoven piece gershwin921
Comparison to 'Immortal Beloved' 88Keys
Other composers kabra33
Did you like the 9th Symphony part? banyaweb
Discuss Copying Beethoven (2006) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?