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Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach

Chronik der Anna Magdalena Bach

Germania de Vest, Italia, 1968
Dramă, Biografie, Istorie


O cronică a vieții lui Johann Sebastian Bach, folosind corespondența și textele scrise de compozitor și citite de soția sa, Anna Magdalena Bach. Evitând drama pentru a se concentra aproape complet pe muzică, filmul constă în scene lungi cu Bach dirijând sau interpretând compozițiile sale geniale.

Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach Regizat de Danièle Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub
All that is Straub-Huillet is there in Bach: The curious vitality of technically unaffected performers. The reverence for a text’s (or in this case, piece of music’s) essence. The unpredictable, stop-start rhythm of the montage, determined more by the constituents of a shot than narrative flow. The structural excisions born of remarkable changes to the source text.
April 15, 2019
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Where most biopics get weighed down with the familiar rise-and-fall narrative, here there is just the music, played beautifully in real time by Gustav Leonhardt.
June 17, 2018
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What struck me the most in seeing the film again after more than 30 years are the remarkable and dynamic shot compositions that Straub/Huillet use. Their treatment of screen space here is complex—they create a space that feels simultaneously ordered and bordering on chaos. Their articulation of space and geometry and composition is surprising and slightly unsettling.
May 25, 2018
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