Chronik der Anna Magdalena Bach / The Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach (1968) 2 x DVD9 Le Bachfilm
A unique musical biographical films on Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 -1750) directed with brilliance by French New Wave enthusiast Jean-Marie Straub, a Frenchman who moved to Germany when he was 25. It's co-written by Straub and his wife Daniele Huillet.
"Chronicle" tells the story of Johann Sebastian Bach through the words of his second wife, Anna Magdalena. Straub/Huillet mix actual historical material with voice-over from Anna's "diary" to stitch together a narrative which covers the period from Bach's marriage to Anna to his death (1721-1750).
The film is only nominally a biopic, however. Anna, in a strictly functional voice-over, rattles off the major events of her husband's life: his prestigious appointment in Leipzig, his growing blindness, and the many tragic deaths of their children (Bach had twelve children with Anna; eight of them died by the age of five). These historical facts, however, serve only as an excuse to propel the film from one performance to another, and it is the music which is always at the center of "Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach".

2 x DVD9 | PAL 16:9 | 01:29:42 | 5.64 Gb + 6.62 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Deutsch, Francais, English, Italiano, Nederlands
Subtitles: Deutsch, Francais, English, Italiano, Nederlands
Genre: Biography, History, Music

Directors: Daniele Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub
Cast: Gustav Leonhardt, Christiane Lang, Paolo Carlini
Country: West Germany, Italy

• Signalement de Jean-Marie Straub, film documentaire de Henk de By, 1968, 41 min. (German audio, french subs)
• Erinnerung an/mit Anna Magdalena Bach, entretien avec Christiane Lang-Drewanz, 2012, 30 min. (German audio, french subs)
• Harnoncourt – Leonhardt – Straub/Huillet, Nikolaus Harnoncourt se souvient du tournage. 2012, 21 min. (German audio, french subs)
• Photos et documents inedits
• Gilles Deleuze, Qu’est-ce que l’acte de creation ?, extrait de la conference a la Femis du 17 mars 1987, 8 min.

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