Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach

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Released 1968

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Director:
Jean-Marie Straub
Released:
1968
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Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach is a biographical film. It tells the life story of Johann Sebastian Bach, the brilliant 18th century composer, from his wife Anna's point of view. Bach (acclaimed harpsichordist Gustav Leonhardt) is portrayed as a difficult genius that is unhappy in his marriage to Anna (Christiane Lang). The film has parts of twenty-five of Bach's best masterpieces. The Brandenburg Concerto, French Suite #1, the Magnificat, the St Matthew Passion, Mass in B Minor, the Ascension Oratorio, the Goldberg Variations, and The Art of Fugue are only some of the songs showcased. Most of the musical sections are filmed in a single long, impressive take. Between the many songs are narratives taken from the fictional journal of Anna. The renowned team of Jean-Marie Straub and Dani''le Huillet, known for their energy and intellect, shared directing duties on this film. It is generally considered their most accessible film.

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Arts, Drama, Music

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Classics, Musicals, Foreign Language, Biography