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Copying Beethoven

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Period romance isn't original enough to score.

Movie PG-13 2006 104 minutes
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age 13+

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Copying Beethoven ?

Copying Beethoven is a movie of history and fictions of a romance between Anna Holtz ( a fiction woman ) and Beethoven there are many sex and violence for a kid but is a great movie .

This title has:

Great messages
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing

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Kids say: Not yet rated

Copying Beethoven offers occasional enchantments, but it leans too heavily on stiff explanatory dialogue, usually filtered through the awkward role of the copyist. Anna serves as that most obvious of movie devices -- an audience stand-in. She's by turns awed, upset, and/or put off by Beethoven's broadly abusive persona.

While the pair's back-and-forthing is mostly mundane, their partnership leads to a spectacular scene in which Beethoven conducts the Ninth for the first time in public. Though he can't hear it, Anna conducts it from within the orchestra -- he can copy her copying him. With glorious music and a cascade of dissolving frames, the scene is easily the film's highlight, underscoring its point: that copying is a form of art in itself, a way to refine, alter, and make art again.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: November 10, 2006
  • On DVD or streaming: April 3, 2007
  • Cast: Diane Kruger , Ed Harris , Matthew Goode
  • Director: Agnieszka Holland
  • Inclusion Information: Female directors
  • Studio: MGM/UA
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 104 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: some sexual elements.
  • Last updated: June 2, 2023

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