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The Chronicle Of Anna Magdalena Bach disregards most conventions of costume drama to ask some very human questions about history, what it takes to be an artist, and what movies can tell us about ourselves.
Straub and Huillet invite us to ponder, as the music washes over us, what we can know and what we can't - and to wonder at what here is also false.
While the film is mostly focused on the music and the settings in which it was originally played, Anna Magdalena's voice guides us, providing the film's peculiar, illusive texture.
Straub-Huillet both depict and impose such conditions on their viewers, making for a refreshing break from 2018.
Revival of this radically minimalist 1968 biopic should pique wider interest in the films of Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet.
I can't think of a musical biopic I liked better.
The Straubs' methods ultimately attest to their demand of viewer participation in their search for new forms of expression.
my straub/huillet odyssey begins. the film is very austere and very beautiful. enjoy the music but don't expect an ordinary biopic
In trying to learn about great artists of the past, the one thing we should be concentrating on is whatever creative projects survive to the present day, and worry less about what made them great. Along these same lines, this film takes a modestly revolutionary step by putting the truly wonderful music of Johann Sebastian Bach(Gustav Leonhardt) front of center, as explained in the making-of documentary. Framing the sublime sounds is the life of the composer as narrated by Anna Magdalena(Christiane Lang), Johann's second wife, filling in the gaps of their personal struggles and his career, with minimal extrapolation. One particular episode stands out with Johann's tutorial explaining not only a particular musical instrumment but also the sounds of the era.
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