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The Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach

+ intro by Manuel Ramos-Martinez, Goldsmiths

Chronik der Anna Magdalena Bach

Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet’s politicised portrait of Bach.

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W Germany-Italy 1968
Dirs Jean-Marie Straub, Danièle Huillet
With Gustav Leonhardt, Christiane Lang, Paolo Carlini
Certificate U

Fassbinder acknowledged the influence of Straub’s early work on his own developing style. This portrait of Bach exemplifies the rigorous, politicised aesthetic of Straub and his partner Huillet, who alternate performances of the composer’s music (filmed as simply as possible) with a narration compiled from contemporary sources to provide a sociopolitical context.

+ The Bridegroom, the Comedienne and the Pimp
1928. Dir Jean-Marie Straub. 28min
This triptych stars Fassbinder and several of his regular collaborators.


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