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The Silence Before Bach

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The Silence Before Bach

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
runtime:
102 minutes
Limited Release Date:
01/30/08
performer:
Feodor Atkins, Christian Brembeck
director:
Pere Portabella
author:
Xavier Alberti, Pere Portabella, Carles Santos
genre:
musical

We gave it a B

It opens with the glorious paradox of a player piano tinkling out the crystalline chords of the Goldberg Variations — music so rapt yet mathematical that this rigid ”performance” of it carries as much soul as Glenn Gould’s. From there, The Silence Before Bach, a series of vignettes and sketches directed by the 78-year-old Pere Portabella, is a hit-or-miss meditation on J.S. Bach’s music and the leap it embodied. The film’s intensity comes and goes, yet it knows exactly how to listen to Bach — as our single greatest channeler of God. B

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