Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach


7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

$6 - $8

Wexner Center for the Arts

1871 N. High Street, Columbus, OH 43210


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(Chronik der Anna Magdalena Bach, Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet, 1968)


"The net effect is not having seen a film but having lived a real moment, in the presence of monumental music. Is this a documentary, a biopic, or something else weve never named?" Michael Atkinson, Village Voice


On its 50th anniversary, Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach still remains ahead of its time and holds its place as one of the most singular and radical movies about music ever made. Paragons of precise filmmaking, Straub and Huillet built the picture around letters that Anna Magdalena Bach wrote to her husband Johann Sebastian and immerse viewers in the sounds and spaces of the early 18 century. Filled with lengthy performances of Bachs compositions by some of the best baroque musicians of the time and filmed in locations where the music was originally performed, this minimalist masterpiece continues to offer enormous and surprising richness. (94 mins., 2K DCP)