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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
Friedrich II. von Preußen (Frederick II of Prussia)
Prinzessin Amalie
Friedemann 'Frieder' Bach
Emanuel Bach
Antje Westermann ...
Johanna Bach
Detlev Buck ...
Zollbeamter (customs-officer)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michel Cassagne ...
Patrice-Luc Doumeyrou ...
Bernard Liègme ...
Lakai Stumm
Daniel Lommatzsch ...
Henning Peker ...
Joachim Tomaschewsky ...
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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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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Music as a being
19 February 2012 | by (Ukraine) – See all my reviews

'The Musical Offering' by JS Bach is one of the greatest masterpieces in the music written by a human and one of the highest tops of musical thought. But the film is not mostly about how that was composed but rather about dramatic fragments in Bach's and Fredrick's families. Juergen Vogel played a complex personality of the Prussian King with conviction. Vadim Glovna (as Bach) however, playing his role, reflected Bach's character in such a realistic and simple way that you could forget about a sublime genius, a part of the universal mind which was Bach. But even such a giant acknowledges music being much more essential than the human being. "The family is not eternal, music however..." he said, talking to his son's wife. Glovna very honestly performed Bach as just a mortal man with his doubts, fears, smiles and cries. And the final scene is so emotional although nothing particular happens. I sincerely recommend this movie to every one of Bach's (and his music) fans and the ones who like the historical drama on the screen

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