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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 »


Pere Portabella
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Credited cast:
Christian Atanasiu Christian Atanasiu ... Mayordomo
Féodor Atkine ... Vendedor de pianos
George-Christoph Biller George-Christoph Biller ... Self
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


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.

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Prelude in A minor, BWV 543
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
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A film on pure beauty
18 March 2008 | by Oceans17See all my reviews

A truly cinematographic film about beauty in its purest forms: Bach's music, silence, human conversation, the human body, music instruments... Everything is shown with good taste, as if everything could represent beauty itself, even mechanical devices, old river boats or trucks painted with religious icons.

The movie itself is conceived as a music work: tensions are created and released (or not) or reformulated, there are visual leit motivs and textual leit motivs (for instance, the same words spoken by two different characters, centuries apart, in different scenes). There are reflections on music, on its formal aspect, on its almost divine reach.

A film about music through music, about beauty through beauty, self-referential and self- conscious. Humble, austere, simple and witty at the same time, like Bach's variations or Vermeer's paintings: cinematographic poetry can not get much better than that.

Too bad if it is not released on DVD: the producers and director should think better. Some people don't go to cinema just because they are ill or unluckily confined: they, too, have the right to enjoy a work of art. Isn't the director a left-wing intellectual?

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French | Italian | Spanish | German | Catalan

Release Date:

21 December 2007 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain See more »


Box Office


EUR1,400,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Production Co:

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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