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The Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach

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Original title
Chronik der Anna Magdalena Bach
Running time
94 min.
Germany - West Germany (FRG) Germany - West Germany (FRG)
Danièle Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub
Johann Sebastian Bach
Ugo Piccone (B&W)
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Franz Seitz Filmproduktion
Musical | Biography. 18th Century
Synopsis / Plot
First full-length feature film by the French filmmaking duo of Straub and Huillet. The film presents biography as the rewriting and juxtaposition of prior documents with a prominent importance of music, which was performed and recorded during the filming rather than dubbed. Defined in this way, through a range of documents, Bach does not emerge as a conventional dramatic character. In fact, Straub has said that the music was considered the basic raw material of the film, and not simply background accompaniment. The film stars renowned arpsichordist Gustav Leonhardt as Bach, but back then still unknown.
1968: Berlin Film Festival: Official Selection
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