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Copying Beethoven (Blu-ray)

Released on 22 February 2010

Featuring: Diane Kruger, Ralph Riach & Matyelok Gibbs

Format: Blu-ray | Rating: 12 years & over

5.0 out of 5 (1 customer review) | Write a review

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The passion behind the genius

Young Anna Holz, (Kruger) a student at the Vienna Music Conservatory is summoned to the offices of Herr Schlemmer, Beethoven's publisher. His Ninth Symphony is about to be premiered and Schlemmer, who is dying of cancer, needs a copyist to complete the score. Anna eagerly accepts, despite his warning that Beethoven (Harris) is a monster.

As her work of copying down the music of Beethoven proceeds, Anna is drawn into the maestro's tortured and inspired world. She sees their collaboration as a God-sent opportunity to prove her own talent as a composer; he glimpses in her a pure soul who might help him realize the culmination of his art - the creation of the last string quartets, the most sublime and spiritual music ever written.

Beethoven reveals his growing need and affection for Anna as they work together on the string quartets. She boldly shows Beethoven her own work. Thoughtlessly, he derides it and she leaves him in despair.

Desperate, Anna accepts her longtime paramour, Martin's, proposal of marriage. Beethoven storms after her - she must choose between Martin and him. Anna tries to flee Vienna but cannot; her destiny is linked to Beethoven's. She returns to finish their work and finds him dying. From his dictation she copies the last of the quartets. His work on earth done, he frees her to become what he tells her she was born to be - a composer.
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 'his final years'

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anybody that has read any of my music reviews will know that my passion is primarily 'pop' ....my point being you do not need to have a love of the man's music to appreciate this film, you'll find a stunning portrayel of 'beethoven's' final years by 'ed harris along with great back up from'diane kruger' as 'anna'
'anna' who aspires to write her own music jumps at the oppertunity to assist the 'maestro' 'beethoven' by copying his works for him.
his health is failing and he is also allmost deaf yet continues his works.
this rude and arrogant man becomes fond of his assistant and slowley shows her the respect she hopes for.
yet despite his problems he continued writing till the end and is obviously responsible for some of the greatedt works of all time.
i must admit other than my old music's teacher's best efforts many moons ago which did give me some awareness, i didn't really make much effort to follow the 'arts' ( music ) so i wasn't sure wether this was for me, i took the chance abd i can tell you i would recommend a viewing.

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ActorsDiane Kruger, Ralph Riach, Matyelok Gibbs, Ed Harris, Bill Stewart, Angus Barnett, Viktoria Dihen, Phyllida Law & Matthew Goode
DirectorAgnieszka Holland
Certificate12 years and over
Year2006
ScreenWidescreen 2.35:1
LanguagesEnglish