I unpacked a bunch of stuff yesterday, but my room’s a mess and not everything is unpacked. But my computer is all set up, that’s the most important thing, no?
I watched the film Copying Beethoven last night, which was horrible. I’d give it a 2 out of 10 stars. I don’t mind historical inaccuracies when they enhance the story, such as in Finding Neverland, but this story about Beethoven’s fictional young female copyist seemed quite uninspired, lifeless, and bland. The cinematography was quite noticeable for its dreadfulness, with silly zoom ins and shaky cameras all over the place. What is it with shaky cameras these days? I hate the “shaky camera” effect, stop it you cinematographers! I don’t want to get dizzy and sick watching people shake around on the screen. You can create tension with the music and the story itself, you don’t have to go about shaking everything making it look like a home video. In the movie, during the premiere of Beethoven’s 9th, which Beethoven himself conducted (in the movie, that is), the camera decides to whirl around and stop suddenly on Beethoven, and then get shaky. It’s unfortunately almost laughable, because I’m sure the director and cinematographer and others involved wanted this to be a serious film. They should have done something like a crane shot at the climax of the 9th, so we get to fly above the choir and/or the audience, instead of being whirled about to make us nauseated.
Still, there were a few funny parts that were meant to be funny, such as Beethoven’s cruel words about female composers, and how Beethoven ruins the dinner of the family that lives below by washing his hair. He’s deaf, what can he do?
At the very end of the film, Beethoven lays on his deathbed and dictates his last quartet to his copyist… hmmm… sound like the end of another movie about a composer? Hmmm? Tsk tsk tsk! Copying Amadeus!
I thought the film looked rather insipid from the trailer, so I wasn’t too surprised when such notions were confirmed. Do not waste time seeing this film; time is better spent actually listening to Beethoven’s 9th in its entirety. (I like how the third movement of the symphony is skipped completely in the film… who wants to listen to that boring movement?)