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The Chronicle of Anna Magdelena Bach

The life and music of Johann Sebastian Bach as presented by his wife, Anna

Straub and Huillet’s most accessible film is a highly complex formalist exercise that deconstructs the form of the fictional and documentary biopic. This does not distance us from the subject at hand or cast doubt on documentary truth, but invites a more direct engagement with Bach’s music. Strikingly framed biographical and period details are accompanied by unbroken passages from Bach, subverting the conventional relationship between score and image. 

Print courtesy of the National Film & Sound Archive, Australia.

Preceded by 

The Bridegroom, the Comedienne and the Pimp Jean-Marie Straub (1968) 23 mins. Unclassified 15+ (unless accompanied by an adult). A film in three parts, including an abbreviated play filmed at the Munich Action Theatre featuring Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Hanna Schygulla.

  • DIRECTOR: Danièle Huillet
  • DIRECTOR: Jean-Marie Straub
  • Duration: 94 mins
  • Language: German with English subtitles
  • Date: 1968
  • Format: 35 mm, Black & White
  • Courtesy: NFSA
  • Source: Belva
  • Rating: Unclassified 15+ (Children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian)

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Event starts
Wednesday 13 December, 2017
Event Ends
Wednesday 13 December, 2017
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