Copying Beethoven (2006)

PG-13  |   |  Biography, Drama, Music  |  8 March 2007 (Hungary)
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A fictionalized account of the last year of Beethoven's life.


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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 <>

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

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8 March 2007 (Hungary)  »

Also Known As:

Antigrafontas ton Beethoven  »

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$11,000,000 (estimated)

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


$352,786 (USA) (29 December 2006)

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The film was originally written with Anthony Hopkins in mind, for the role of Ludwig van Beethoven. See more »


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 »


Ludwig van Beethoven: An artist is someone who has learnt to trust in himself!
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String Quartet No. 9 in C major Op. 59 'Rasumovsky'
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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The last year of Beethoven's life, with great musical scenes, of course.
15 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

LOVED IT ! ! ! Rarely, a movie comes along that is a work of art. I felt that way about Tous les Matins du Monde, and hadn't felt that way about any movie since. This one really enhanced my FEEL for Beethoven - for his art, and for his life. It got across well the notion that there's a deeper substrate to Beethoven's music that transcends calculation and structure. I was rapt. I found at the end that I still had a full bag of popcorn - I'd forgotten all about it as soon as the movie started. My favorite scenes included the marvelous, exhilarating performance of the Ninth Symphony, and an exegesis of the Grosse Fugue. Happily will I go to see this movie again and again.

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