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The Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach (1968)

Chronik der Anna Magdalena Bach (original title)
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 ...
Christiane Lang ...
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
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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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6 November 1968 (France)  »

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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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Referenced in Signalement van Jean Marie Straub (1967) See more »

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Magnificat in D Major, BWV 243 - Gloria
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
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Saturated with Bach's music
22 April 2002 | by (Columbia, South Carolina, USA) – See all my reviews

This isn't available on video, unfortunately, so you'll probably have to see it at some retrospective. As any film biography of a composer should be, it is saturated with Bach's music, and much of the film is little more than a filmed recital, in costume. But it contains much significant biographical material so that we get an insight into the difficulties of life in Bach's time. It seems that one of his children is always dying. This is quite factual: of Bach's 20 children that were born of his 2 wives, only 6 survived to adulthood. This is a masterpiece that should be seen if at all possible.


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