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The Films of Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet

Chronicle of Anna Magdalena

Bach Chronik der Anna Magdalena Bach

Years in the making, this anti-biopic of Johann Sebastian Bach was Straub-Huillet’s feature debut.

Image from Chronicle of Anna Magdalena

West Germany 1967
Dirs Straub-Huillet
With Gustav Leonhardt, Christiane Lang-Drewanz
English version
Certificate U

A watershed film for Straub-Huillet, their years-in-the-making feature debut is an off-centre anti-biopic, featuring acclaimed harpsichordist Gustav Leonhardt as Johann Sebastian Bach and Christiane Lang-Drewanz as his eponymous wife. Her fictional journal gives the film its connective narrative tissue while emphasising the vital role played by the woman behind the great man. In single-take scenes, recorded with live sound, Leonhardt works his way through chronologically arranged selections from Bach’s oeuvre – a portrait of the artist through his art and his art alone.

See the screening on Tue 12 Mar 18:20 featuring an intro by long-time Straub-Huillet collaborator Misha Donat.


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