Copying Beethoven: David Lukacs
Lisa Schwarzbaum
November 08, 2006 AT 05:00 AM EST

Copying Beethoven

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
104 minutes
Limited Release Date
11/10/06
performer
Ed Harris, Diane Kruger, Matthew Goode
director
Agnieszka Holland
distributor
MGM
author
Stephen J. Rivele, Christopher Wilkinson
genre
Drama, Romance

We gave it a D+

O lucky dead-white-genius babe magnets! Painter Johannes Vermeer got Scarlett Johansson as his fictional assistant in Girl With a Pearl Earring, and now in Copying Beethoven, Ludwig van Beethoven (Ed Harris) gets Diane Kruger as the pretty girl who writes out the cranky musical giant’s manuscripts and lauds his Ode to Joy. Agnieszka Holland’s empurpled bio-fantasy is hooey with an anachronistic feminist slant from start to finish, lacking the jaunty cinematic dementia of Immortal Beloved. As LvB, Harris is intense, and intensely bewigged.

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