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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gustav Leonhardt Gustav Leonhardt ... Johann Sebastian Bach
Christiane Lang Christiane Lang ... Anna Magdalena Bach
Paolo Carlini Paolo Carlini ... Hölzel
Ernst Castelli Ernst Castelli ... Steger
Hans-Peter Boye Hans-Peter Boye ... Born
Joachim Wolff Joachim Wolff ... Rector
Rainer Kirchner Rainer Kirchner ... Superintendent
Eckart Bruntjen Eckart Bruntjen ... Prefect Kittler
Walter Peters Walter Peters ... Prefect Krause
Kathrien Leonhard Kathrien Leonhard ... Catherina Dorothea Bach
Anja Fahrmann Anja Fahrmann ... Regine Susanna Bach
Katja Drewanz Katja Drewanz ... Christine Sophie Henrietta Bach
Bob van Asperen Bob van Asperen ... Johann Elias Bach
Andreas Pangritz Andreas Pangritz ... Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
Bernd Weikl 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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West Germany | Italy

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German

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1981 (Italy) See more »

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$17,527, 5 July 2018
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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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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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Am Abend aber desselbigen Sabbats, BWV 42
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
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Well, great music, at any rate.
22 March 2005 | by sschwaSee all my reviews

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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