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Release Date:
6 November 1968 (France) See more »
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Plot:
The life and music of Johann Sebastian Bach as presented by his wife, Anna. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Gustav Leonhardt ... Johann Sebastian Bach
Christiane Lang ... Anna Magdalena Bach
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
Wolfgang Schöne ... Singer in Cantata No. 82
Karl-Heinz Lampe ... Singer in Cantata No. 42
Bernhard Wehle ... Treble Voice in Cantata No. 140
Christa Degler ... Anna Magdalena Bach in Cantata No. 244 (voice)
Karl-Heinz Klein ... Bass Voice in Cantata No. 140
Nikolaus Harnoncourt ... Prince of Anhalt-Cöthen
Hellmuth Costard ... Rector Ernesti
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Directed by
Danièle Huillet 
Jean-Marie Straub 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Danièle Huillet  written by (uncredited)
Jean-Marie Straub  written by (uncredited)

Produced by
Gian Vittorio Baldi .... producer
Danièle Huillet .... producer
Franz Seitz .... producer
Jean-Marie Straub .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Ugo Piccone 
 
Film Editing by
Danièle Huillet 
Jean-Marie Straub 
 
Production Design by
Danièle Huillet 
 
Costume Design by
Vera Poggioni 
 
Makeup Department
Guerrino Todero .... hair stylist: periwegs
 
Production Management
Günther Maag .... unit manager
Horst Winter .... unit manager
 
Sound Department
Louis Hochet .... sound
Lucien Moreau .... sound
Paul Schöler .... sound mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Giovanni Canfarelli Modica .... assistant camera (as Giovanni Canfarelli)
Saverio Diamante .... assistant camera (as Saverio Diamanti)
Hans Eberle .... lighting technician
Thomas Hartwig .... camera operator: trick camera
Max Jörg .... lighting technician
Hans Kracht .... assistant camera
Uwe Radom .... assistant camera
 
Music Department
Concentus musicus Wien .... orchestra (as Concentus musicus, Ensemble für alte Musik Wien)
Nikolaus Harnoncourt .... conductor: Concentus musicus, Ensemble für arte Musik Wien
Heinz Hennig .... chorus master: Knabenchor Hannover
Knabenchor Hannover .... chorus
Gustav Leonhardt .... musician
Schola Cantrum Basiliensis .... musician
Bernhard Wehle .... singing voice
August Wenzinger .... conductor: Schola Cantorum Basiliensis
 
Other crew
Georg Föcking .... production assistant
Aldo U. Passalacqua .... production assistant (as Aldo Passalacqua)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Chronik der Anna Magdalena Bach" - West Germany (original title)
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Runtime:
94 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Wie will ich lustig lachen (1984)See more »
Soundtrack:
Partita #6 in E Minor, BWV 830 - GavotteSee more »

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12 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Well, great music, at any rate., 22 March 2005
Author: sschwa from Austin, TX

Very stark, very drab, no real drama. Why not just make a documentary? This isn't exactly The Passion of Joan of Arc. The only reason for seeing Chronicles is to hear the performances. I love Bach's music and even I found it hard to sit through this misery of a film. The great Gustav Leonhardt plays (in two senses of the word) Bach. We don't get much of a sense of him as an actor, since he's given so little to do dramatically. Mostly, he gets to walk purposefully or angrily out of various rooms. Bach's life, of course, was not an Errol Flynn movie. It was indeed fairly drab and more than a little hard. This probably means that the life isn't a terrific candidate for a film. The music, of course, is another story. I recommend The Stations of Bach. Far more information, for one thing, and some insight into the music, which is, after all, why Bach interests us in the first place.

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