Bach on film

Just jotted down a few impertinent ideas about Bach, and Daoism, under the WAM menu. Sure there will be more (see A Bach retrospective).

Re Bach, two fictional films from the 60s, despite their extreme musical contrast, are linked both by their intensity and by not just accepting but probing our own modern values:

  • Pasolini’s The gospel according to St Matthew


  • The chronicle of Anna Magdelena Bach (Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet—with  Gustav Leonhardt as Bach!). Here’s a trailer:

(These links come and go. I’ll try and keep an eye on them, but you can do your own YouTube searches if they disappear. For the latter film I found a version enriched by Japanese subtitles, like the Greek subtitles of Johnny the shoeshine guy…)

3 thoughts on “Bach on film

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