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Il était une fois Jean-Sébastien Bach (2003)

Not Rated | | Drama | 13 August 2003 (France)
J.S. BACH: THE MUSIC, THE LIFE, THE LEGEND is a dramatic look at the life of Johann Sebastian Bach, a man who dedicated his life to the service of music.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christian Vadim ...
Jean-Sébastien Bach
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Anna Magdalena Bach
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Maria Barbara Bach
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Narrator (voice)
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Jean-Christophe Bach
Daniel Duault ...
Le duc de Weimar
Gwenaël Foucher ...
Jean-Sébastien Bach enfant
Alain Floret ...
Monsieur Buxtehüde
Jean Léger ...
Le pasteur d'Arnstadt
Raphaëlle Lenoble ...
Alexandra Buxtehüde
Annette Schreiber ...
Margaretha Bach
Patrick Colucci
Patrick Tessari
Alain Courtioux
Michael Berreby
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The film opens with a young Johann Sebastian Bach. , who has just been struck by the first of several painful blows of fate , because he is an orphan at age ten so he is seen walking with his older brother since he will live with him . Bach will learn from his older brother because he is also a professional musician . Bach eventually strikes out on his own and takes the first of several professional music positions . Eventually tragedy strikes him a second time but Bach responds by making more music that , as time has tested it well , has several centuries later still not only stood the test of time but become part of the classical musical world's pantheon. , as proven by so many of his pieces being played year after year on multiple continents . Written by Philip K

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Did I watch the same film as everyone else? Don't listen to these negative reviews.
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What we have is a docudrama about Bach in French with narration in English, and English subtitles. I found the film to be interesting enough and depicts Bach's world rather well. I really felt transported back to the 18th century. The film sticks to the facts like a good documentary would. No Hollywood crap in this story, which may be why people disliked it, they perhaps want a big budget Hollywood drama about Bach, not a docudrama style of film. Maybe the fact its foreign throws people off? I don't know, I watch so many foreign films they seem normal to me.

There's so much of Bach's music in this film its great. How any Bach fan could not appreciate this film is beyond me, and the acting is fine. I equate bad films with being something I can picture on MST3K, this isn't even close to the same ballpark as those types of films. Everyone is entitled to their opinion but if your a true Bach fan don't let these bad reviews steer you away from this film. Ultimately I rank films by the fact of would i ever want watch it again? And in the case of this film I would.


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