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Chronicle of Anna Magdelena Bach
7:30pm Wednesday 4 February 2009
Migeul Abreu Gallery - 36 Orchard Street, New York NY
1967, DVD (orig. 35mm), 93 minutes
Directed by Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet
Tomorrow at Miguel Abreu Gallery, visitors will have a chance to see Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet's 1967-68 classic Chronicle of Anna Magdelena Bach. This is the first major work from the French husband-and-wife auteurs, known for their formally rigorous output. The film is a kind of biography on the baroque German composer as narrated by his second wife, Anna Magdelena. It is through Bach's music, however, that the film speaks most precisely, and there are remarkable performances throughout, executed by some of Germany's best classical musicians of the time and all delivered in period costume. The German language Chronik... has been available since 2005 to American audiences on DVD. It will be projected at the Miguel Abreu gallery as such, with English subtitles "on."