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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 & 3 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

Genres:

Musical

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Details

Country:

Spain

Language:

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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Budget:

€1,400,000 (estimated)
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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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Connections

Referenced in Informe general II. El nou rapte d'Europa (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Goldberg Variations
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
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The music that fills the void
11 January 2008 | by samuelsebastianSee all my reviews

The first sequence of "Die Stille vor Bach" is highly significant: a completely white piece, similar to an art gallery, the camera makes a long travelling in a complete silence and then appears a mechanical piano moving freely while plays a piece Bach. In the next scene a blind man plays a new piece accompanied by his dog German shepherd. Although the film is an open book, an excellent piece of camera to be reinterpreted in intimate spaces and inclined to reflection, the segment that has captivated me most deeply is the translation in images of how music can fill the void of people throughout history and in particular since the time that Bach changed the way of conceiving music reinterpreting the technique of low encryption. The film of Portabella, like all his films, is strongly experimental and avant-gardist in its technical planning, full of discrete virtuous details, with a non - narrative development: scenes take place in a more aesthetic narrative, more intellectualized than purely logical and the film has the ambition to translate the spiritual world of Bach's music in a series of visual images of great power despite its apparent simplicity as the concert of violoncellists wagon in the subway or the image of the staff with the music of Bach. As expresses another of the images in this film, "Die Stille vor Bach" is a journey into the bowels of music, to its essence and has the great merit of represent a world of sensations in a motion picture that sometimes becomes a bit topical, as the image of the half-naked woman playing the cello but others makes subtle tributes to the History of Art, such as the back of the subway cellist, reminiscent of Man Ray's "Women-Violin" or the same half-naked cellist, a voluptuous figuration of Malevitch's "White on White".


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