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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Brilliant rendition of Bach the man in his times

9/10
Author: Paul Carlson from Frankfurt, Germany
24 October 2000

This four-part mini-series details the adult life of the composer Bach. Bach is shown here as a human being - not as some demigod - who actually even removes his wig every now and then to drive home the fact that he's a flesh and blood mortal like you and me. The series traces the stations of his career and concentrates not only on the music but on his family life as well. It also provides a unique insight into the early half of the eighteenth century, bringing things to light that we as post-industrial Bach admirers never really consider when we contemplate the genius of this great musician. For example, we see his deep genuflections when confronted with royalty, the tribulations of riding in a coach or, especially chilling, his eye operation being performed without an anaesthetic while the doctor's assistants holds him in a chair near an open window. The series builds on several anecdotes giving it flow and interest. The camera work is at times brilliant - unique camera angles, movement and unusual positioning round this series out. In summary, we see Bach the man confronted with the turmoils of everyday life in his age, and leave appreciating his genius all the much more.

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Must see not only for Bach enthusiasts

8/10
Author: miroskal from Hinsdale, IL
18 December 2006

What transpires from that movie is an uneasy truth about life in early eighteen century in general and particularly Bach's. Very realistically shows life full of struggle, tragedy, and inconveniences hard to imagine today. The movie is filled with heavy, depressing atmosphere. Reflects very well stuffiness of tight quarters where most action takes place, daily grinding of trivial problems and conflicts, and heavy blows of which Bach was not spared during his difficult life. And in these circumstances Bach emanates in some miraculous way his heavenly music. Movie is well shot and well acted, although not quite for a Hollywood style picture lover.

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