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6 November 1968 (France) See more »
The life and music of Johann Sebastian Bach as presented by his wife, Anna. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (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

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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94 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

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 Signalement van Jean Marie Straub (1967) (TV)See more »
Cantata BWV 215See more »


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5 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
empty, unwatchable biopic, 19 March 2011
Author: ClassicMovieholic from United States

This film may be of interest to music lovers, due to its detailed showcasing of period instruments, sheet music compositions, and unceasing Bach music. Beyond that, it has nothing to offer. It purports to be a copiously researched biopic, but is really just a performance history of Bach's pieces, with occasional voice-overs in between, accompanied by pans across period etchings or bits of sheet music. In one particularly plodding scene, Bach's music is accompanied by an image of treetops against a still sky for something like five minutes. Ultimately, it watches like a number of late-night arts channel, low budget TV performances spliced together with scant historical information, ala a fifth-rate documentary from the VHS section of your local library.

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