Films like “Amadeus” and “Immortal Beloved” have explored lives of Mozart and Beethoven from unique perspectives, but few movies have detailed the life of an artist quite “Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach.” If you haven’t seen the 1968 film, now’s the time, because it’s returning for its 50th anniversary to the big screen, in a gorgeous new, 4K restoration. And today we’re thrilled to exclusively debut the trailer and poster.
Directed by Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub, the film tells the story of Johann Sebastian Bach through the letters written by his wife Magdaelena. Christiane Lang takes the role of Magdalena, while renown conductor Gustav Leonhardt plays Johann, in what would be his only film role. Here’s the official synopsis:
Using letters Anna Magdalena Bach wrote to her husband, seminal composer Johann Sebastian, filmmakers Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet created one of the most precise, rewarding biopics ever put to screen. Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach‘s intense emotional pull can be understood by its status as a musical film in the most thorough sense: its performances – staged as extended sequences set within the very spaces once occupied by Bach himself, with trained performers both donning and playing items accurate to the period – are immense, bringing us closer to the sound than was ever thought possible. Immaculately restored on the occasion of its 50th anniversary, Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach invites viewers to experience a bygone age.
“Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach” is being brought to back theaters via Grasshopper Films, and opens at New York’s Quad Cinema on March 2nd.