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The Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach (1968)

Chronik der Anna Magdalena Bach (original title)
The life and music of Johann Sebastian Bach as presented by his wife, Anna.
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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 ...
Catherina Dorothea Bach
Anja Fahrmann ...
Regine Susanna Bach
Katja Drewanz ...
Christine Sophie Henrietta Bach
Bob van Asperen ...
Johann Elias Bach
Andreas Pangritz ...
Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
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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6 November 1968 (France)  »

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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 among the finest to be found in recording History. See more »

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St Matthew Passion, BWV 244 - 'Kommt, ihr Töchter, helft mir klagen'
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
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Anti-Cinema
10 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Dogmatic," as another reviewer described this film, is a fitting word. The director's idea was to present Bach without plot, acting, fun, theatrics, dialog, narrative, or drama. Mission accomplished, Monsieur Straub. "Pretentious?" Yes. "Cinematic?" No way. This is anti-cinema. No one moves. Hardly anyone talks. The camera holds static shots for 10-12 minutes at a time: very very occasionally the camera will dolly in. You may catch a glimpse of Gustav Leonhardt's fingers moving over the keys. That's it.

If you like the idea of staring at the back of a harpsichordist's (bewigged) head for 7 minutes at a stretch while listening to Bach, this is the film for you. I'd rather listen to Bach on my stereo with my eyes closed.


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