Copying Beethoven, (Klang der Stille)
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Copying Beethoven, (Klang der Stille)
When a young Vienna Music Conservatory student and aspiring composer accepts a job as a copyist for Ludwig von Beethoven, she soon finds her destiny forever interlinked with that of the legendary classical musician in director Agnieszka Holland's romantic period drama. Beethoven (Ed Harris)'s "Ninth Symphony" is about to make its historical debut, but Beethoven's publisher Herr Schlemmer is dying of cancer. Now in desperate need of a copyist to complete the score, the ailing Schlemmer enlists the aid of ambitious student Anna Holz (Diane Kruger); who readily accepts the… More
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"The direction from Polish New Waver Agnieszka Holland feels more like she's testing a new camera than attempting to capture the nuances of the artistic process, and if we're to believe the script, then all great art derives 'from the gut'."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"Someday someone will make a great movie about an immortal composer, but for now the best movie about any Beethoven I've ever seen stars a Saint Bernard."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Stuck between Kruger's blankness and Harris's overemoting, the film never finds a balance."
‑ Brooke Holgerson, Boston Phoenix
"You can mock this film if you like, but it remains watchable throughout. And the ears have it when the eyes don't."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"A great example of that time-honoured genre, the biopic so silly it plays like a spoof."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"Beethoven turns out to be like every obnoxious self-absorbed creative type you've ever met"
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, Village Voice
"Always an intelligent presence on screen, Harris here embraces the challenge of showing us the man behind the wall of music."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"The once promising Polish director Agnieszka Holland ("Olivier, Olivier") stumbles with this muddled story about Anna Holtz (Diane Kruger), a 23-year-old composition student sent to 1824 Vienna to transcribe sheet music for the demanding and cruel Ludwig"
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"As wooden as a piano stool."
‑ Neil Smith, thelondonpaper
"Amateurishly written, scarcely acted tosh."
‑ Martin Hoyle, Financial Times
"The movie is completely beguiling, and it delivers joy, the beautiful spark of the gods."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"You may walk out of Copying Beethoven humming the movie. But that's not the same as singing its praises."
‑ Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle
"It's the kind of movie made purely for acting awards, which is really unfair to audiences who deserve at least some story for their money."
‑ Fred Topel, Hollywood.com
"If the composer's shade could hear the words this script has put in his mouth it really would be a case of "roll over, Beethoven", right there in his grave."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"A fatuous, bafflingly imagined tale of the unhappy and unwell Beethoven and his ordeal in preparing the Ninth Symphony for its premiere."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
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