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  1. Seesaw's rating of the film Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach

    To see and not see. To hear and not hear. This certainly makes audience fall in sleep but into some kind of hypnotic trance. The composition of the minimal aesthetic stands against any illusionary desire and deliver us the meaning of what is to see and to hear, from the bottom of the earth.

  2. dionysus67's rating of the film Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach

    Wonderfully ethereal biopic on Bach told in masterful formal language. From the riveting four minute static shot of the clavichord performance and its 'explosion' to the orchestra to the episodic structure that blends historical record with martyrology and altent Marxist theory of emancipation this dedramatization exercise is an ode to human genius and, thus, to utopia. Stunning!

  3. C'est Bastien's rating of the film Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach

  4. DSPRKY's rating of the film Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach

    If you demand historical verisimilitude, this would be the film for you. I appreciate the austere vibes but felt that this lacked the charm that Bresson interwove with the asceticism.

  5. Nachtreich's rating of the film Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach

  6. Jason's rating of the film Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach

    An exercise, a theoretical excursus, an explicitly intellectual undertaking, nonetheless pulsing w/ aesthetic rewards, of which Bach's music itself constitutes the core element. Indeed what this movie demonstrates is music performed not only in recreated social space, but in an explicitly social context. Even the most transcendent art is produced within an explicable context, generally somewhat oppressive.

  7. Matthew Martens's rating of the film Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach

    A portrait of the artist as a body of work.

  8. El Biffo's rating of the film Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach

    Early Music Film Festival @ Pacific Film Archive, 10 June 2016

  9. thesearenotpearsAnna's rating of the film Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach

    Bach didn't play organ in shoes, he didn't wear white stockings, the musicians are dressed to kill considering they were protestants. And very slow tempos in music, that old interpretaion of Bach's music just gets on the nerves.

  10. Diderot's rating of the film Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach

    Cinematic minimalism at its most extravagant. It's kind of a mystery why this movie's as good as it is. Maybe it shouldn't be. Yet it's as audacious and experimental a musical bio-pic as Todd Haynes' later "I'm Not There"--perhaps even more so--without ever announcing itself as such.

  11. dr0nestar's rating of the film Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach

    the concert-film par excellence

  12. Samuel Andrade's rating of the film Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach

  13. Marc St-Cyr (Death cinéphilia)'s rating of the film Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach

    With Sicilia! (1999), this is the best introduction to the challenging and imposing oeuvres of Straub-Huillet. (They'are so challenging that i need to re-watch at least 5 times every films i've seen by them, lol.)

  14. Brendan's rating of the film Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach

    Revolutionary in its ascetic art. Eyes constantly eschewed from ours only to become revelatory later when they become spontaneous expressions of the definitive ambiguity of the music, the past that is still present. Straub's figures, nothing more than moving statues, create distance as his stubborn direct sound firmly plants a presentness of history, an ability to understand the past but not to feel it.

  15. Mellow Dude's rating of the film Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach

    Additional star cos i love that Schwarzenegger's quote: I'll be Bach...

  16. Odile~'s rating of the film Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach

    No tiene parangón. La considero una de las más inspiradas de la historia del cine. Destaca, ante todo, por u rigor histórico y sobriedad estética. Una delicia para los sentidos.

  17. Lynch/Fellini's rating of the film Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach

    This is a hidden treasure- loved it for its unique and poetic view of Bach and for it's rigorous filmmaking style. To put it simply, I was very impressed!

  18. Rohith Varma's rating of the film Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach

    No words will remotely suffice,ever.

  19. Francesco Maria Carreri's rating of the film Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach

  20. Jesse Furgurson's rating of the film Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach

    I admire this movie very much for its total abstention from counter-revolutionary bullshit of any kind, but I would like to listen to The Stooges now, if that's okay. (rating provisional--watched the fuzzy Netflix copy, can tell this thing needs complete visual clarity to be fully appreciated)

  21. Galen's rating of the film Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach

    Tapping my feet lalalaLALALAlalalaLA

  22. Mike Spence's rating of the film Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach

    This is being released on February 22 by New Wave Film, which I guess is connected to Artificial Eye. It's coming with Sicilia and another film for about 20 U.S. dollars. A big score for those of us who were just about to pluck down 70 or 80 bucks for the out of print New Yorker disc of this single film on Amazon.

  23. Coheed 2.5's rating of the film Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach

    You don't need to make a life's story "cinematic". The only fiction needed is some dramatic scenes and a fictitious diary. Let the composer's music be played in full. Place biographical information in when felt necessary. The result here is an exceptional film.

  24. Andrew Infante's rating of the film Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach

    A quiet film that should be played loud.

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