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Copying Beethoven

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When young Anna Holz (Diane Kruger), a Viennese music student is asked to transcribe scoring notes for the great Ludwig van Beethoven (Harris), she eagerly accepts, despite warnings about his volatile behavior. Part maestro, part mentor and part madman, Beethoven reluctantly relies on Anna to help him realize the culmination of his art.

A passionate, powerful drama based loosely on the final months of Ludwig van Beethoven's life, Copying Beethoven finds the maestro a haunted man, composing the most revolutionary yet unappreciated work of his lifetime; largely deaf; disappointed in his relationship with a wastrel nephew; and fascinated by a young, female composer, Anna Holtz (Diane Kruger), who goes to work for him transcribing music. Staying as a guest at a convent and engaged to a stolid engineer, Anna is drawn to Beethoven’s tempestuous genius. Half the time he's enchanted by her and seems to see straight through to her soul. The other half, he's shouting at her for her timidity or flattery. Hardly a mouse, Anna fights back. The more she does, the more Beethoven recognizes in her a kindred survivor, someone with whom he can reveal his vulnerability and the burden of his artistry. Ed Harris' Beethoven is wracked by pain but not overwhelmed by it; he looks like a man who understands his responsibility to nature too well to merely disintegrate. ("God whispers in most men's ears," Beethoven says. "He shouts in mine.") Director Agnieszka Holland (Olivier, Olivier) oversees a handsome, alternately tender and brutal drama, with several thrilling moments, including the stunned look of audience members hearing the world premiere of the glorious 9th Symphony. --Tom Keogh

Copying Beethoven Extras

Watch Ed Harris speak about portraying Beethoven in this exclusive clip.

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Copying Beethoven Soundtrack

Famous Composers: Ludwig Van Beethoven

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The Trap

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Post-Milosevic Belgrade is the capital of a nation struggling to find its soul, of a country whose turbulence has left many in a moral and existential desert. This is the home of Mladen, his wife Marija and their son Nemanja. When Nemanja develops a serious heart condition, the doctors urge an expensive operation abroad. Just when the boy s parents give up hope of raising the money, a man contacts Mladen and offers to pay the whole amount; in exchange, he must kill the man s business rival. The proposal repulses Mladen, but as his son s condition suddenly deteriorates, he begins to seriously consider the offer. If he accepts, he saves his boy s life but loses his soul; if he refuses, he will grieve as a righteous man until the end of his life. The trap is set....


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The Gambler

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Max Lowest new price: $2.59
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John Cusack, Noah Taylor, Leelee Sobieski. A tangled and emotional what-if" drama about a Jewish German WWI veteran who is running an art gallery and takes a promising painter under his wing-a young Adolf Hitler. 2002/color/108 min/R/widescreen.


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  • Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • 106 minutes
  • R
  • English & English, Spanish Subtitles

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Rose's Songs

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Budapest, Fall 1944, and the Jewish residents of the Hungarian capital helplessly await a tragic fate. However, there is one house in the city that defies the horror. To bear the unbearable, an extrordinary voice gives the strength to the Jews in hiding. The magical voice is that of Irme Rose, the world famous Jewish opera singer. He never leaves his room up high in a tower, yet every evening his voice can be heard throughout the neighborhood. As long as he sings, all is not lost.


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The Witman Boys

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In this haunting drama of alienation and loneliness, the Witman brothers are scarred for life by the neglect of their mother. They search for human warmth and meaning in their lives, but they search in the wrong places including the local brothel. They may look innocent on the surface, but ultimately they are driven to despicable deeds.

Set in a small Hungarian village just before the start of WWI, this eerily atmospheric tale of disaffected youth is smartly directed by Janoz Szasz, with exquisite, award-winning cinematography by Tibor Mathe. THE WITMAN BOYS may shock and provoke you, but it will also make you think.


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Satantango List price: $79.95

Hungarian auteur Bela Tarr's seven-hour, black-and-white epic based on the novel by Laszlo Karsznahorkai took two years to film. The complex story follows a group of people living in a dilapidated village in post-communist Hungary. Tarr examines their standstill lives through a series of episodes told from each person's point-of-view. Winner of the Caligari Film Prize and the Ecumenical Jury Prize Special Mention at the 1994 Berlin International Film Festival. In Hungarian with optional English subtitles.


Love Lowest new price: $19.99
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Karoly Makk’s LOVE stands as one of the most honored and emotionally searing films of the 70’s. Legendary Hungarian actress Lili Darvas and co-star Mari Torocsik team up for an acting tour de force that found critics searching for superlatives. After her husband’s political arrest forces a young wife to care for her dying mother-in-law, the two women search through their anger and frustrations for hope, joy – and love. Critics unanimously acclaimed LOVE as one of the best films of 1973.


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Colonel Redl

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Set during the fading glory of the Austro-Hungarian empire, the film tells of the rise and fall of Alfred Redl (Brandauer), an ambitious young officer who proceeds up the ladder to become head of the Secret Police only to become ensnared in political deception.

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25 Fireman Street

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Comic, melancholy, ribald and hallucinatory, 25 Firemans Street is both a groundbreaking entry into the New Hungarian Cinema of the seventies and a timeless, intoxicatingly rich moviemaking triumph. Director Istv+¡n Szabo (Mephisto, Sunshine) masterfully evokes everything from Borges to Bru+Ýel to Proust as he freely blends rich characterizations with visionary surrealism and kitchen sink realism. On one hot summer night, the residents of a Hungarian apartment house slated for demolition restlessly revisit their haunted pasts as they face an uncertain future. In a gently turning kaleidoscope of dream imagery, regret-laden nostalgia and painstakingly intimate detail, the looming wrecking ball pales in significance to the accumulated experience each dreamer revisits. Pre-war prejudice, occupying Nazis and Stalinist deprivations all come and go as each tenant's backward glance yields moments of aching sensuality, infectious exuberance and catastrophic loss. Through an affirming cascade of poetic wanderings through lives lived to the fullest, 25 Firemans Street plots a personal map of Hungary's fortunes from Hapsburgs to the Soviets. Conjuring up a canvas of recent Eastern European history to create a tapestry of personal histories shaped by war. Combining sure-handed storytelling with visual enchantment, 25 Firemans Street marries the whimsically ethereal with the tragically concrete. Presented here for the first time on DVD, Kino On Video proudly offers an unforgettable cinematic nocturne that has remained as inspiring and innovative as it was upon first release in 1973.


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