Copying Beethoven

Copying Beethoven (2006)

  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 2006-09-10
  • User Rating: 6.4/10 from 161 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 44min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Sidney Kimmel Entertainment
  • Production Country: Germany, Hungary, United Kingdom, United States of America
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A fictionalised exploration of Beethoven's life in his final days working on his Ninth Symphony. It is 1824. Beethoven is racing to finish his new symphony. However, it has been years since his last success and he is plagued by deafness, loneliness and personal trauma. A copyist is urgently needed to help the composer. A fictional character is introduced in the form of a young conservatory student and aspiring composer named Anna Holtz. The mercurial Beethoven is skeptical that a woman might become involved in his masterpiece but slowly comes to trust in Anna's assistance and in the end becomes quite fond of her. By the time the piece is performed, her presence in his life is an absolute necessity. Her deep understanding of his work is such that she even corrects mistakes he has made, while her passionate personality opens a door into his private world.

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Directing Agnieszka Holland Director
Production Christopher Wilkinson Producer
Writing Stephen J. Rivele Screenplay
Camera Ashley Rowe Director of Photography
Editing Alex Mackie Editor
Production Priscilla John Casting
Art Caroline Amies Production Design
Art Paul Ghirardani Art Direction
Art Lóránt Jávor Art Direction
Writing Christopher Wilkinson Screenplay
Production Michael Taylor Producer
Production Ernst Goldschmidt Executive Producer
Production Marina Grasic Executive Producer
Production Andreas Grosch Executive Producer
Production Jan Korbelin Executive Producer
Production Alex Lewis Producer
Production Andreas Schmid Executive Producer
Production Ronaldo Vasconcellos Line Producer
Production Bruce Webb Producer
Costume & Make-Up Jany Temime Costume Design
Art Zoltán Horváth Set Decoration
Sound Simon Hayes Production Sound Mixer