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The Silence Before Bach (2007)

Die Stille vor Bach (original title)
Blending historical reconstruction with very loosely linked 'dramatic' scenes and documentary sequences, the film constitutes a playful, painterly sequence of variations on the argument ... See full summary »

Director:

Pere Portabella
4 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Christian Atanasiu Christian Atanasiu ... Mayordomo
Féodor Atkine ... Vendedor de pianos
George-Christoph Biller George-Christoph Biller ... Himself
Christian Brembeck Christian Brembeck ... J. S. Bach
Alex Brendemühl ... Camioner (as Àlex Brendemühl)
Georgina Cardona Georgina Cardona ... Violonchelista
Lucien Dekoster Lucien Dekoster ... Afinador de pianos
Beatriz Ferrer-Salat Beatriz Ferrer-Salat ... Amazona
José Pedro García Balada José Pedro García Balada ... (as J. Pedro García Balada)
Gertrud Kossler Gertrud Kossler ... Clienta
Bert Kripstädt Bert Kripstädt ... Camarero
Lina Lambert Lina Lambert ... Madre de Mendelssohn
Daniel Ligorio Daniel Ligorio ... F. Mendelssohn
Jordi Llordella Jordi Llordella ... Amigo de Mendelssohn
Ferran Ruiz Ferran Ruiz ... Hijo de Bach
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Storyline

Blending historical reconstruction with very loosely linked 'dramatic' scenes and documentary sequences, the film constitutes a playful, painterly sequence of variations on the argument that Johann Sebastian changed the way the world hears thanks to his extraordinary ear for harmony.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

shower | subway | singer | piano | organ | See All (13) »

Genres:

Musical

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Details

Country:

Spain

Language:

French | Italian | Spanish | German | Catalan

Release Date:

21 December 2007 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

The Silence Before Bach See more »

Filming Locations:

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR1,400,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$426,456
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Films 59 See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Connections

Referenced in General Report II. The New Abduction of Europe (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Cello Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
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Blessed Stillness Without Silence
31 January 2008 | by tonstant viewerSee all my reviews

If Luis Bunuel cared about music, he would have made this movie. Writer/Producer/Director Pere Portabella was the producer of Bunuel's "Viridiana," so it's OK to draw a line between their approaches to film.

The "Silence Before Bach" is a series of vignettes, somewhat like the "Phantom of Liberty" or "Russian Ark," devoted to the life-enhancing qualities of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Some sequences are modern-day, some are in period costume. Some are flatly reportorial, some flirt with Vermeer-like poetry. Things never get too heavy, and sometimes they rise to a crackling Catalan wit.

I'm indebted to the film for introducing me to the writings of the mad Romanian writer Emil Cioran, who noted tortuously that "Bach's music is the only argument proving that the creation of the Universe can't be regarded as a complete failure."

At the time of this writing, links to external reviews appear to be skimpy. However, there are reviews of this film in the NY Times, Post and Sun, New York Magazine and the New Yorker, the Village Voice, the New Republic and Film Comment. Hopefully the IMDb will get around to roping some of them in eventually.

Unfortunately, Pere Portabella will not allow his films to be released on video or DVD, so if this one pops up in a theater near you, don't miss it.


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