The first one is “Chronik Der Anna Magdalena Bach” made in West Germany in 1968.
The main actor is the harpsichordist Gustav Leonhardt. This film is quite controversial. For better or worse, it is certainly a unique film. The first thing you will notice is that the camera does not move. Basically, the camera is fixed, with only a few zooms and very few cuts. This makes the audience feel as if they are being shown several black and white photos one after another. The story is told in the form of Anna Magdalena, Bach’s second wife, reminiscing about Bach’s music and daily life, with scenes of performances interspersed throughout, which was very appealing to old music fans of the time. My own impression of this work is that it seems to be “impossible”. At any rate,Leonhardt’s Bach just doesn’t feel right to me. After all, his “slim face” does not resemble Bach’s at all. There is no story in this film, so I feel that it was probably made as a maniacal film for the “original instrument” lovers who were beginning to emerge at that time. #baroque #bach #片山俊幸