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Copying Beethoven ()


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

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Cast

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Anna Holtz
Ralph Riach ...
Wenzel Schlemmer
Matyelok Gibbs ...
Old Woman
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Ludwig van Beethoven
Bill Stewart ...
Rudy
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Krenski
Viktoria Dihen ...
Magda
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Mother Canisius
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Martin Bauer
Gábor Bohus ...
Schuppanzigh
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Karl van Beethoven
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Neighbor
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Archduke Rudolph
László Áron ...
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Márta Hainfart ...
Soloist (Soprano)
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Stefan Holtz
János Klézli ...
Soloist (Bass)
Krisztina Kuti ...
Soloist (Alto)
George Mendel ...
Doctor (as Gyorgy Mendel)
Péter Szondi ...
Soloist (Tenor)

Directed by

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Agnieszka Holland

Written by

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Stephen J. Rivele ... (written by) &
Christopher Wilkinson ... (written by)

Produced by

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Ernst Goldschmidt ... executive producer
Marina Grasic ... executive producer
Andreas Grosch ... executive producer
Sidney Kimmel ... producer
Jan Korbelin ... executive producer
Alex Lewis ... co-producer: Copying Beethoven Limited
Péter Miskolczi ... co-producer: Eurofilm Studio KFT (as Peter Miskolczi)
Stephen J. Rivele ... producer
Andreas Schmid ... executive producer
Michael Taylor ... producer
Bruce Toll ... executive producer
Ronaldo Vasconcellos ... executive producer
Gábor Váradi ... co-producer: Eurofilm Studio KFT (as Gabor Varadi)
Bruce Webb ... co-producer
Christopher Wilkinson ... producer

Cinematography by

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Ashley Rowe ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Alex Mackie

Editorial Department

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Kasia Adamik ... additional editor
Lee Clappison ... digital colourist
Michael Nollet ... first assistant editor
Phil Ashton ... color grader (uncredited)

Casting By

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Priscilla John

Production Design by

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Caroline Amies

Art Direction by

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Paul Ghirardani ... supervising art director
Lóránt Jávor

Set Decoration by

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Zoltán Horváth ... (as Zoltan Horvath)

Costume Design by

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Jany Temime

Makeup Department

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Richard Glass ... contact lens optician
Jon Henry Gordon ... key hair stylist (as Jonhenry Gordon)
Réka Görgényi ... makeup artist
Katalin Jakots ... makeup artist
Balázs Novák ... makeup artist
Gabriella Németh ... hair stylist (as Gabriella Nemeth)
Trefor Proud ... hair designer / makeup designer

Production Management

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Stephen Barker ... post-production supervisor
Kerstin Dyroff ... production manager: VIP Medienfonds
Veronika Megyeri ... unit manager
Maria Ungor ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Kasia Adamik ... second unit director
Vera Janisch ... assistant director
Bryn Lawrence ... third assistant director
Bogi Móricz ... second second assistant director
Alex Oakley ... second assistant director
Matthew Penry-Davey ... first assistant director
Tamás Vass ... second assistant director: second unit / second second assistant director

Art Department

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Kasia Adamik ... storyboard artist
Gergely Csóri ... stand-by construction (as Gergö Csóri)
János Czakó ... stand-by propman (as Janos Czako)
István Galambos ... construction manager (as Istvan Galambos)
Fred Gray ... scenic artist
David Haberfield ... scenic painter
Attila Kiss ... stand-by propman
Emily Lutyens ... graphic artist
Pálma Melis ... art department coordinator (as Palma Melis)
Mihály Molnár ... assistant art director (as Mihaly Molnar)
László Nagyidai Jr. ... assistant construction manager
Raymond Perry ... property master (as Ray Perry)
Peter Rutherford ... production buyer
Tamás Simon ... leadman (as Tamas Simon)
Mike Sotheran ... scenic painter (as Mick Sotheran)
Judit Sági ... art department interpreter (as Judit Sagi)
Andrea Tóth ... assistant construction manager (as Andrea Toth)

Sound Department

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Courtney Bishop ... adr recordist
Arthur Fenn ... boom operator
Peter Gleaves ... adr recordist: London / foley recordist: London
Andrew Glen ... playback operator (as Andy Glen)
Tim Hands ... supervising sound editor
Simon Hayes ... sound mixer
Philip Jenkins ... foley editor (as Phil Jenkins) / sound mix technician
Robin Johnson ... playback operator / second boom operator
Rob Killick ... assistant sound editor
Adrian Rhodes ... re-recording mixer / sound effects editor
Gavin Rose ... assistant sound editor
Brian Seagrave ... audio conform
Jack Stew ... foley artist
Ruth Sullivan ... foley artist
Sven Taits ... re-recording mixer
Hilary Wyatt ... dialogue editor
Alexander Beddow ... studio assistant (uncredited)
Michael Miller ... adr mixer: New York (uncredited)

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Attila Erczkovi ... stand-by pyrotechnician
István Gittinger ... stand-by pyrotechnician (as Istvan Gittinger)
Gyula Krasnyánszky ... chief pyrotechnician (as Gyula Krasnyanszky)
Ferenc Ormos ... special effects supervisor

Visual Effects by

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Lee Clappison ... colorist: Lipsync Post
James Clarke ... digital lab supervisor: Lipsync Post
Anya Dillon ... assistant visual effects editor
Guy Ducker ... visual effects editor
William Foxwell ... digital lab operator: Lipsync Post (as Will Foxwell)
Katja Hollmann ... associate producer: Lipsync Post (as Katja Lazare)
Alasdair MacCuish ... senior producer: Lipsync Post
Adrian Oostergetel ... visual effects artist: Lipsync Post
Howard Watkins ... visual effects supervisor: Lipsync Post
Rus Wetherell ... digital artist: CFX
Angela Stanley ... visual effects (uncredited)

Stunts

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Sándor Boros ... stunts
György Kivés ... stunt coordinator
József Kovalik ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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Csaba Bankhardt ... electrician
Ian Clark ... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Sándor Domokos ... second assistant camera: "c" camera (as Sandor Domokos)
John Ellis Evans ... second assistant camera: "a" camera (as John Evans)
J.R. Hall ... photographer: electronic press kit
Zoltán Jánosa ... camera operator: "c" camera (as Zoltan Janosa)
Tamás Jánossa ... second assistant camera
Zoltán Jánossa ... camera operator
Róbert Jász ... electrician (as Robert Jasz)
Gábor Kasza ... video assist operator
Ádám Kliegl ... first assistant camera: "c" camera (as Adam Kliegl)
Gabor Laczkó ... electrician (as Gabor Laczko)
Dávid Lukács ... still photographer
László Major ... generator operator (as Laszlo Major)
Adrian McCarthy ... grip equipment / key grip
Campbell McIntosh ... key gaffer
András Nagy ... camera operator: "c" camera (as Andras Nagy)
Sándor Novák ... best boy electric (as Sandor 'Tucsi' Novak)
Tamás Nyerges ... Steadicam operator (as Tamas Nyerges) / camera operator: "b" camera (as Tamas Nyerges) / director of photography: second unit (as Tamas Nyerges)
Tamás Oláh ... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as Tamás Oláh)
Phil Reader ... best boy electric
Ashley Rowe ... camera operator: "a" camera
Péter Sidló ... gaffer
Atilla Szucs Sr. ... best boy grip
András Szöke ... second assistant camera: "a" camera, New York and Connecticut unit (as Andras Szoke)
Attila Szûcs ... grip (as Attila Szucs Jr.)
György Vesztergombi ... second assistant camera: "b" camera (as Gyorgy Vesztergombi)
Csaba Vásári ... grip (as Csaba Vasari)

Casting Department

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Faith Allbeson ... casting associate
Vanessa Baker ... voice casting
Tamás Kertész ... extras casting
Mari Makó ... casting: Hungary (as Mari Mako)
Brendan Donnison ... voice casting (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Chloe Aubry ... dresser: Diane Kruger
István Bagin ... dresser (as Istvan Bagin)
Richard Davies ... assistant costume designer
Anikó Fazekas ... dresser (as Aniko Fazekas)
Laurent Guinci ... costume master / wardrobe master
Bob Van Hellenberg Hubar Jr. ... wardrobe assistant (as Bob van Hellenberg Hubar)
Gabriella Hõgye ... extras wardrobe supervisor (as Gabriella Hogye)
Yvonne Otzen ... assistant costume designer
Michelle Philo ... wardrobe assistant (as Michelle Gisonda)
Zsuzsa Stenger ... wardrobe supervisor
Katalin Ujvari ... seamstress

Location Management

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Gergö Balika ... location manager
Richard Szabó ... location security and facilities manager
András Tóth ... location manager

Music Department

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Péter Erdei ... conductor: Kecskeméti Chorus (as Peter Erdei)
Lucy Evans ... assistant music supervisor
Geoff Foster ... music engineer: orchestra
Laszlo Gerhat ... conductor: Kecskeméti Orchestra
Andrew Glen ... music editor (as Andy Glen)
Jake Jackson ... assistant music engineer: orchestra
Piotr Kaminski ... music consultant
Wlademar Lalleci ... musician: Pre-recording pianist
Carmine Lauri ... orchestra leader
Antoni Lazarkiewicz ... composer: Anna's theme / composer: additional music
London Symphony Orchestra ... music performed by
Waldemar Malicki ... musician: piano
Nora Mullally ... music business/legal services
Lev Oborin ... musician
Jaroslaw Regulski ... pre-recording music producer
Maggie Rodford ... music supervisor
Emily Rogers Swanson ... assistant music editor (as Emily Rogers)
Bill Silcock ... music copyist
Nick Taylor ... assistant music engineer: orchestra
Benjamin Wallfisch ... additional music conductor
Marek Wronski ... musician: Pre-recording violinist

Transportation Department

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Zoltán Bai ... driver (as Zoltan Bai)
István Becságh ... driver (as Istvan Becsagh)
István Bognár ... driver (as Istvan Bognar)
Pál Boroznaki ... driver (as Pal Boroznaki)
Andras Filo ... driver
Zoltán Fohn ... driver: cast (as Zoltan Fohn)
László Kiss ... transportation captain (as Laszlo Kiss)
Sándor Molnár ... driver: catering (as Sandor Molnar)
Imre Solti ... driver
Zsolt Spitzer ... driver: director
István Varga ... driver (as Istvan Varga)
Sándor Vercz ... driver (as Sandor Vercz)
Zsolt Zászló ... driver

Other crew

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Zsolt Bajczár ... craft service (as Zsolt Bajczar)
Kinga Baranyai ... assistant production coordinator
Mark Beaumont ... chief production accountant
Josef Brandmaier ... production advisor
Francie Brown ... dialect coach: pre-production
Jerome Butler ... dialect coach
James Clarke ... digital laboratory supervisor
Veronika Dobos ... interpreter
Kriszta Dorogi ... production assistant
Béla Dévényi ... caterer (as Bela Devenyi)
Katalin Fonyó ... production coordinator (as Katalin Schulteisz)
Gergely Fülöp ... production assistant (as Gergo Folup)
Larry Garrison ... unit publicist
Mary Haddow ... script supervisor
Michael J. Harker ... completion bond company representative
Florian Harms ... legal counsel: VIP
Vera Janisch ... production assistant
Balázs Kovács ... extras coordinator
Mark R. Lindsay ... sales representative (as Mark Lindsay)
Gabriella Lovasz ... craft service
Krisztina Lovasz ... craft service
Peter Macaroon ... stand-in
George Marshall ... post-production accountant
Weronika Migon ... production assistant (as Weronivka Migon)
Péter Mészáros ... production assistant (as Peter Meszaros)
Agnes Nagy ... cashier
Berit Norrenberg ... legal counsel: VIP (as Berit Wetzel)
Gyula Petényi ... production assistant
István Pocsai ... production assistant (as Istvan Pocsai)
Luke Randolph ... completion guarantor: for International Film Guarantors
Aranka Rónai ... stand-in (as Aranka Ronai)
Claudia Sendlbeck-Schickor ... tax advisor: VIP
Réka Szabó ... production assistant (as Reka Szabo)
Esther Szasz ... assistant: Agnieszka Holland
Kolos Trimmel ... production accountant: Hungary
József Varjú ... production assistant (as Jozsef Varju)
Béla Vaszary ... medical coordinator
Sarah-Jane Wilson ... assistant accountant
Aaron Merrell ... production financing (uncredited)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines The passion behind the genius See more »
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Also Known As
  • Klang der Stille (Germany)
  • Beethoven árnyékában (Hungary)
  • L'élève de Beethoven (France)
  • Corrigindo Beethoven (Portugal)
  • Kopia mistrza (Poland)
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Runtime
  • 104 min
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Box Office

Budget $11,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $70,460, 12 Nov 2006

Did You Know?

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Trivia In an interview with The Guardian on August 11, 2007, Ed Harris stated that his biggest disappointment has been "The distribution of Copying Beethoven in the US." He also claimed the most important lesson life has taught him is "Don't let MGM distribute a film you care about." See more »
Goofs The movie is set in 1824 during the composition of Beethoven's 9th Symphony. Throughout the movie Beethoven is shown to be hard of hearing but quite capable of understanding people who speak loudly. In reality, Beethoven had totally lost his hearing seven years earlier (1817). The 9th Symphony was composed while he was completely deaf. See more »
Soundtracks String Quartet No. 15 in A minor Op. 132 See more »
Quotes Ludwig van Beethoven: The vibrations on the air are the breath of God speaking to man's soul. Music is the language of God. We musicians are as close to God as man can be. We hear his voice, we read his lips, we give birth to the children of God, who sing his praise. That's what musicians are.
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