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Film Programs
A Pictorial Dream — Directed by Straub and Huillet
Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach

June 3 at 4:00
East Building Auditorium

Anna Magdalena Bach, an accomplished musician and second wife of Johann Sebastian, recites matter-of-factly from a diarylike journal (an ingenious tool devised by the filmmakers) of the couple’s life together. While a handful of personal details come through, the emphasis is on the music and the musical facts of Bach’s career — and undeniably, Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach is one of the great music films of all time. Virtuoso harpsichordist Gustav Leonhardt performs the role of Bach, and compositions are resplendently performed with period instruments and orchestrations, all recorded live in the places where the composer wrote and conducted. (35mm, subtitles, 93 minutes)

courtesy Belva Film

Film Programs

The National Gallery of Art’s film program provides many opportunities throughout the year to view classic and contemporary cinema from around the world.

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