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My Name Is Bach (2003)

Mein Name ist Bach (original title)
Composer Johann Sebastian Bach is introduced to King Frederick II of Prussia in 1747. The aging composer and the young monarch clash and a battle of egos ensues.


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Credited cast:
Vadim Glowna ... Johann Sebastian Bach
Jürgen Vogel ... Friedrich II. von Preußen (Frederick II of Prussia)
Karoline Herfurth ... Prinzessin Amalie
Anatole Taubman ... Friedemann 'Frieder' Bach
Paul Herwig ... Emanuel Bach
Antje Westermann Antje Westermann ... Johanna Bach
Detlev Buck ... Zollbeamter (customs-officer)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michel Cassagne Michel Cassagne ... Voltaire
Patrice-Luc Doumeyrou Patrice-Luc Doumeyrou ... Maupertuis
Bernard Liègme Bernard Liègme ... Lakai Stumm
Daniel Lommatzsch Daniel Lommatzsch ... Stadtbote
Henning Peker Henning Peker ... Königsbote
Hans-Michael Rehberg ... Medikus
Joachim Tomaschewsky Joachim Tomaschewsky ... Hofarzt
Gilles Tschudi ... Sekretär Goltz


Composer Johann Sebastian Bach is introduced to King Frederick II of Prussia in 1747. The aging composer and the young monarch clash and a battle of egos ensues.

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8 April 2004 (Germany) See more »

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In her conversation with Friedemann, Amalie says that she is only 17. The story takes place in 1747. The real Amalie was born in 1723, so she was in fact 24 years old. See more »

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An essentially fact-based account of a meeting between two famous people
24 March 2005 | by wis8See all my reviews

The film is based on the 1747 meeting in Potsdam, Prussia, between JS Bach and Prussian King Frederick II, known in history as Frederick the Great. After his visit Bach actually did compose a work entitled "A Musical Offering," also mentioned in the film. As far as Frederick's sexual preferences are concerned, it is well known that although he married, he only saw his wife occasionally, and no children resulted from the union. Throughout his adult life Frederick never showed much interest in women: his interests were music, philosophy, and fighting wars. The one place in the film where some dramatic license occurred was in the treatment of Frederick's sister, Princess Amalia. But the real Amalia was a handful, just as she was in the film. In her early 20s Amalia actually eloped and became pregnant, thus ruining any chance of marrying her off to another royal house. An enraged Frederick hunted her down, had her marriage annulled, had her ex-husband thrown in prison for 10 years, and sent her to an abbey, where she spent the remainder of her life.

Through the fine acting, the sets, the costumes, and the edgy way the main characters were portrayed, the film is an excellent contemporary interpretation of an actual historical event.

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