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Copying Beethoven

People don’t understand ME for what I represent. It’s difficult to understand such things, especially when one thinks he may be communicating thoughts and ideas effectively. I've always preferred Beethoven over the more successful classical music composers. Sometimes, I don’t understand my own ideas about why I like or dislike the things I feel about. An example would be this film, Copying Beethoven, released in 2006. Being a rated PG13 film, I didn't give it a second glance, though recall having been interested when the trailer first came out.

So imagine my surprise when I give it some spin and find myself amidst a stream of sultrier gloom unlike any film I’ve ever seen with powerful emotional climaxes. That a PG13 movie can do this to me is proof without a doubt that somebody is doing something right just for me. Every time I see a movie with Ed Harris, I can’t help but to recall his doppelgänger Fred Dryer. Take a look at these two pictures and tell me they don’t look alike.

Makes you wonder sometimes about the stride being made in stem cell research, doesn't it?

Diane Krüger plays a striving young musician at 23 who lives in Vienna with an aunt in the convent. It is a comfort to see that this film maintains some sense of religion in the more sensual scenes between Anna and her lover, Martin. These are scenes the director has fun with IMO, as she takes into consideration her backdrop of renaissance props when positioning two young lovers in a kiss which melt them onto their knees. If a scene could ever gain recognition as have a famous quote, this one should be it. I can almost see the passion in the streets by young lovers who innocently submerge themselves into the crowd in a long, sensual kiss. Perhaps it's something only the music lovers could ever achieve with acceptance.

Dreams can be wonderful, they can also be dangerous. Sometimes all the more wonderful because of the danger.

At 23, this young lady nigh knows much about love, but though Beethoven seems a brute at their mutual introduction, he’s willing to overlook her limitations as a woman in the task of copying his compositions (for the purpose of legibility). That, and the time frame in which his ninth symphony is expected to be complete, prove promising for the lucky Anna Holtz. Opportunity knocks at her door.

I’ve always said that peeing during a job interview is good luck (as long as you do this in the restroom). Anna is bombarded with piss, first from Herr Schlemmer, Beethovens assistant, who is ill and incapable of the tasks of copy boy. Director Agnieszka Holland accomplishes setting up the bachelor's living conditions who is otherwise known as The Beast by Schlemmer, a drunken, ill spoken heretic by the church, and quite a few other things by his neighbors in the floor below his apartment. When their dinner of goulash is ruined, there's some lightheartedness in the irony of the location where Beethoven's bathroom is positioned.

What I think is cute is Beethoven's manner of addressing Anna Holtz. It makes me forget I’m watching Ed Harris in another terrific performance. He calls her by her full name. Yet it doesn’t seem like it's a renaissance custom to refer to people by their christian and surname as the bar scene where Beethoven dines shows him chatting with friends who refer to him by his first name, which incidentally is pronounced Louie.

What kept my interest in this film was the detail to the writing with a quill and ink. The DVD’s main menu consists of this with accompanying score of Beethoven’s Für Elise. It matters to me too, that IMDB couldn’t go through the extent of spelling Diane Krüger’s name with the proper accent marks. Isn’t it sufficient that she shorten her name from Heidkrüger to Krüger? It would seem she'll be expected to drop the umlaut too unless English readers are expected to know when to pronounce the letter "u" like frugal rather than lugnut.

I check to see what she’s working on and find something called Mr. Nobody to be released in France in 2008. Disappointed that it’s probably something that will never come to the Americas as long as the embargo lasts, I pull up a site called Mr. Nobody. Probably something totally different!

A climax of the movie would be the performance of the ninth symphony. Indeed I am left wondering near it’s completion whether or not the movie credits might start their rolling course. As Ludwig Beethoven takes his position before the orchestra, he mumbles to himself “Now music changes forever.” a line one would almost surely interpret to mean the end is near, a perfect ending to the life of a lonely man who’s heart was devoted to music and the betterment of his sister’s son, a conniving young man. In one scene where Anna and Karl (Ludwig's nephew) have a talk, I find myself readying my heart for an impossible disappointment as Beethoven returns to his home from a stroll in the woods. The sound effects used here, that of a tail from a rattling snake, brings comfort in knowing that come what may, it cannot be as bad as a grown man behaving like a child who finds intrigue in nature.

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