Scribal Error: Copying Beethoven and the Pitfalls of Perspective in Cinematic Portraiture
by Robynn J. Stilwell
In her DVD commentary on Copying Beethoven, director Agnieszka
Holland makes a pertinent analogy between painting and film: in the development
of figurative representation—portraiture—a realistic image
was prized up until the point at which photography made such representation
redundant. The need for accurate physical representation was superseded
by a desire for a more subjective representation. She hoped her film would
present Beethoven less as a photograph and more as a Picasso.
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