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The Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach (1968)

Chronik der Anna Magdalena Bach (original title)
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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 Gustav Leonhardt ... Johann Sebastian Bach
Christiane Lang Christiane Lang ... Anna Magdalena Bach
Paolo Carlini Paolo Carlini ... Hölzel
Ernst Castelli Ernst Castelli ... Steger
Hans-Peter Boye Hans-Peter Boye ... Born
Joachim Wolff Joachim Wolff ... Rector
Rainer Kirchner Rainer Kirchner ... Superintendent
Eckart Bruntjen Eckart Bruntjen ... Prefect Kittler
Walter Peters Walter Peters ... Prefect Krause
Kathrien Leonhard Kathrien Leonhard ... Catherina Dorothea Bach
Anja Fahrmann Anja Fahrmann ... Regine Susanna Bach
Katja Drewanz Katja Drewanz ... Christine Sophie Henrietta Bach
Bob van Asperen Bob van Asperen ... Johann Elias Bach
Andreas Pangritz Andreas Pangritz ... Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
Bernd Weikl 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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West Germany | Italy

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German

Release Date:

1981 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,453, 4 March 2018

Gross USA:

$17,527

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,527
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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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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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The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 - Contrapunctus XIV
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
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Terrible
14 November 2006 | by melinda2001See all my reviews

Like another reviewer, I really wanted to like this movie. I went with my father who was the biggest lover and booster of classical music but neither of us could stand this movie. I wouldn't even call it a movie. A better description might be a record of a few chamber concert pieces. As I recall, the camera never even moved. Rather, it just sat on a tripod for the entirety of each piece. The only attempts at dramatic effect were at the very end of each piece when the movie would cut to trees waving in the wind or little wavelets lapping at a beach. I'm sure the director would have preferred to have used footage of some really big crashing waves but the best he could find were a few inches high at some nearby lake, and again using a stationary camera. Truly pathetic. I can't imagine how anyone could justify rating this movie higher than a five. When we walked out, my father and I were completely mystified as to how it was possible to make such a bad movie. I don't know of of any good movies about Bach. The world really does need one, but just because it doesn't exist is not a reason to see this one. Someone will make one someday. Until then just keep rewatching _Amadeus_.


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