Copying Beethoven, (Klang der Stille)
Copying Beethoven, (Klang der Stille) (2006)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: November 10, 2006
DVD Release Date: April 3, 2007
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Critic Score: 28% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A pretentious historical drama that's ultimately a drag, despite Ed Harris' powerful performance.

David Jenkins
Time Out

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'.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

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.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Earnest but lackluster period biopic on the final days of the mentally tortured deaf composer Ludwig von Beethoven.

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Luke Y. Thompson
Village Voice

Beethoven turns out to be like every obnoxious self-absorbed creative type you've ever met

Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

Always an intelligent presence on screen, Harris here embraces the challenge of showing us the man behind the wall of music.

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Brooke Holgerson
Boston Phoenix

Stuck between Kruger's blankness and Harris's overemoting, the film never finds a balance.

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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post

The movie is completely beguiling, and it delivers joy, the beautiful spark of the gods.

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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle

You may walk out of Copying Beethoven humming the movie. But that's not the same as singing its praises.

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Cole Smithey

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

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Flixster Audience Score: 57% Flixster User Reviews
Elvira B
Ed Harris does the unimaginable to save this film. I believe Agnieszka Holland was intelligent to have chosen to develop only so much of Beethoven's life,… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"Copying Beethoven" starts in Vienna, 1824 when Beethoven's(Ed Harris) Ninth Symphony is days away from its premiere and the… More
Rico Zamora
I was lucky enough to watch this movie way back in the summer (it just recently became available for review on Flixster.) The cut I saw was allegedly a… More
William Goss
Rote mentor-muse drama, like Finding Forrester in period dress.
Lanning : )
I can't give this one star. What a tremendous story! But what horrific casting. Seriously, the person in charge of casting should be drawn and quartered… More
FanGirl Browncoat
Trite, trite, trite!!! And some of the camerawork made me want to scream. Shaking the camera does NOT add drama, it's just annoying.