Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach (Straub/Huillet, 1968): Lexi Cinema, Kensal Rise, 5.30pm
This is a Nos A Amours film club screening introduced by film makers Joanna Hogg and Adam Roberts.
Continuing their mission to make available rare and potent cinema, A Nos Amours presents a film about - driven by – the music of Bach from directors Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet, a duo of filmmakers who made two dozen films between 1963 and 2006. Their films are noted for their rigorous, intellectually stimulating style. There are more details on the club at their website here.
Time Out review:
'A film about the past which is lucid can help people of the present to achieve that necessary lucidity.' Straub's account of Bach is nothing if not lucid: it documents the last 27 years of its subject's life (through the mediating eyes of his wife) principally in terms of his music. The music itself obviates any need for a 'drama' to present Bach; Straub celebrates its range and complexity while showing it always in performance, to emphasise the nature of Bach's work as musician/conductor. A narration (compiled from contemporary sources) sets the man in his economic and social context. With his minimalist's sensitivity to nuance and inflection, Straub eschews pointless cutting and camera movement. The beautiful result has the air of a crystal-clear meditation.'
Here is an extract.