MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 1,275 this week

The Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach (1968)
"Chronik der Anna Magdalena Bach" (original title)

7.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.0/10 from 642 users  
Reviews: 11 user | 19 critic

The life and music of Johann Sebastian Bach as presented by his wife, Anna.

0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: October

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in October.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 73 titles
created 19 Mar 2013
 
a list of 30 titles
created 01 Oct 2013
 
a list of 817 titles
created 9 months ago
 
a list of 28 titles
created 7 months ago
 
a list of 43 titles
created 3 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach (1968)

The Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach (1968) on IMDb 7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach.
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The film tells the story of Anita G., a young East German migrant to West Germany and her struggle to adjust to her new life.

Director: Alexander Kluge
Stars: Alexandra Kluge, Günter Mack, Hans Korte
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Ema is a very attractive but innocent girl, so pretty that cars crash in her presence. Young marries Dr. Carlo Paiva, who she is not attracted to, but is her father's friend. They move to ... See full summary »

Director: Manoel de Oliveira
Stars: Leonor Silveira, Cécile Sanz de Alba, Luís Miguel Cintra
Mandabi (1968)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A money order from a relative in Paris throws the life of a Senegalese family man out of order. He deals with corruption, greed, problematic family members, the locals and the changing from... See full summary »

Director: Ousmane Sembene
Stars: Makhouredia Gueye, Ynousse N'Diaye, Isseu Niang
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Director: Alexander Kluge
Stars: Hannelore Hoger, Sigi Graue, Alfred Edel
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

This movie is the sequel of Straub and Huillet's Dalla nube alla resistenza and like its prequel is inspired by Cesare Pavese's book Dialoghi con Leucò.

Directors: Danièle Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub
Stars: Angela Nugara, Vittorio Vigneri, Grazia Orsi
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
Directors: Danièle Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub
Stars: Bertrand Brouder, Cornelia Geiser
Machorka-Muff (1963)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
Directors: Danièle Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub
Stars: Erich Kuby, Renate Lang, Guenther Strupp
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Directors: Danièle Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub
Stars: Julie Koltaï, Jean-Marie Straub
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Directors: Danièle Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub
Stars: Danièle Huillet
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
Directors: Danièle Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub
Stars: Gottfried Bold, Johann Unterpertinger, Henri Ludwigg
Short | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Three sequences are linked together in this short film by Straub; the first sequence is a long tracking shot from a car of prostitutes plying their trade on the night-time streets of ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Marie Straub
Stars: Irm Hermann, Kristin Peterson, Hanna Schygulla
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Director: Michael Snow
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gustav Leonhardt ...
Christiane Lang ...
Paolo Carlini ...
Hölzel
Ernst Castelli ...
Steger
Hans-Peter Boye ...
Born
Joachim Wolff ...
Rector
Rainer Kirchner ...
Superintendent
Eckart Bruntjen ...
Prefect Kittler
Walter Peters ...
Prefect Krause
Kathrien Leonhard ...
Anja Fahrmann ...
Regine Susanna Bach
Katja Drewanz ...
Christine Sophie Henrietta Bach
Bob van Asperen ...
Johann Elias Bach
Andreas Pangritz ...
Bernd Weikl ...
Singer in Cantata No. 205
Edit

Storyline

A chronicle of Johann Sebastian Bach's life, eschewing drama to focus almost entirely on his music. Narrated by his wife Anna in voiceover, it consists largely of static scenes of Bach conducting and/or playing his brilliant compositions. Written by Mike D'Angelo <mqd8478@is2.nyu.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

6 November 1968 (France)  »

Also Known As:

The Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Gustav Leonhardt portrays Bach in his only performance as an actor. He is a music scholar of International renown, specialized in the works of Johann Sebastian Bach, and a harpsichord virtuoso whose Bach recordings (both as harpsichord player and conductor) are the finest to be found in recording History. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Wie will ich lustig lachen (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Vor deinen Thron tret' ich, BWV 668
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
perhaps the best composer biog ever
2 May 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Most films about composers are awful. Really awful. Liszt, Chopin, Beethoven, Mozart--all dumbed down or hyped up by Hollywood. And then there's Ken Russell's desecrations of Tchaikovksy and Mahler. By comparison this film might have come from another planet, not just a different country. I first saw it 35 years ago, and was delighted to find it as engrossing and moving as it was then. It's about the music, stupid. But it's also about how grinding, tedious, and incredibly demanding Bach's everyday life was, while he wrote and performed some of the greatest creations of the human mind. And also how he was a family man, living an intense domestic life. Yes it's austere and demanding. But stay with it, it's worth it.


10 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Empty, unwatchable biopic ClassicMovieholic
where do i buy this film????for a university justin_s56

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?