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

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

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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
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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>

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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 »

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Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 140
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
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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.


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