Copying Beethoven stars
Ed Harris as Beethoven, bringing none of the soul he imbued into
Jackson Pollock, instead playing the composer as an uncontrollable
creep who runs around with an ear-horn and yelling at people because
he's deaf, annoying his neighbours, drinking heavily, and generally
making an ass out of himself. Under heavy makeup (namely a clown
nose and a long wig), Harris is nearly unrecognizable.
Into his world comes
Anna Holtz (Diane Kruger), a copyist who helps him complete his
famous Ninth Symphony. As is the norm for movies with difficult main
characters, he alternately adores and abuses her, such that the film
consists largely of her leaving then coming back then leaving again.
film is disjointed and random, unable to decide if it's about
Beethoven or Anna, or maybe neither. The film's centerpiece is a
performance of the Ninth Symphony, with Holtz shadow-conducting for
Beethoven, who can't keep time. Unfortunately Copying Beethoven is a
strange tale that lovers of classical music will despise but
Generation X'ers may find something.