(aka 'The Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach')

Directed by Daničle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub
West Germany / Italy 1968

 

  Jean-Marie Straub's 1967 film of the marriage between the widower Bach and Anna Magdalena. The film has a musical structure that is very much like Bach's own St. Matthew Passion; and Straub uses the format of Bach's music to etch a minimalist love story of enormous richness.

Excerpt of Don Drucker's comments on the Chicago Reader HERE.

Theatrical Release: June 1968 - Berlin Film Festival

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DVD Review: New Yorker - Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution New Yorker Video - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:33:24 
Video 1.29:1 Original Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.51 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

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Audio German (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English, None
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Studio: New Yorker Video

Aspect Ratio:
Aspect Ratio 1.29:1

Edition Details:

• 'Making of' (20:46)

• 8-page liner notes

DVD Release Date: December 20th, 2005

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Quite a captivating and beautiful film to say the least and I suspect that the elements used were not in prime condition, but this still is no excuse for the decidedly poor quality of the transfer itself. Non-progressive and most likely from analog the image has a thick black border around the edge limiting resolution. Subtitles are well-done but sparingly used in the context of the minimalist film. The mono sound quality was good and the beauty of the musical score only enhanced it. The 20 minute 'Making of...' was quite appropriate for the film and of similar quality to the feature.

This is a dichotomy that we seem to face more often than not - a wonderful and clandestine film that is unavailable in an other easily accessible digital form, yet the price we pay is to get a poor transfer whose quality leaves one expectant for a superior edition... which seems unlikely at present. We recommend the film highly but wish more effort had been put into the transfer. The featurette, audio, liner notes and well-appointed subtitles are very much appreciated though.

Gary W. Tooze

 





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