The Silence Before Bach (Die Stille vor Bach)
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Looks at the profound relationship between image and music where the latter is not merely conceived as subsidiary to the image but as a subject of the narration in its own right. It springs from a previously defined musical structure, and the soundtrack feeds on works by J.S. Bach and two of Felix Mendelssohn's sonatas; a promenade through the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries led by the hand of J.S. Bach.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The Silence Before Bach is a movie in which to take refuge, and it abjures the summer heat of pop culture for a cool and lasting immersion in the miracles that people are and can create."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Provide[s] gorgeous lensing and art direction and some of the world's most beautiful music."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"A dog watches its blind master tune a piano. It's only 10 minutes into The Silence Before Bach and already I am bored as that dog."
‑ Bill White, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"About as far away from a conventional composer biopic as Kraft's products are from real cheese."
‑ Boyd van Hoeij,
"The engaging enigma of The Silence Before Bach demonstrates an artistic wisdom that is as satisfying as it is challenging."
‑ Ted Fry, Seattle Times
"Like the music it celebrates, this is a film made in glory of the world."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"Think of it strictly as a wonderful music video. Hey, Pink Floyd has a movie, so why not Bach?"
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"The film swings back through history with its own delicate meshing of enchantment and mystery, contemplating a planet whether before Bach or in our own time 'of emptiness with no resonance.'"
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"The demolition of the music bio-pic as witnessed by Todd Haynes' I'm Not There and the parody Walk Hard continues robustly with this time-tripping melange from Spanish director Pere Portabella."
‑ Jan Stuart, Newsday
"A slippery formal exercise of the kind that divides viewers into the enthralled and the infuriated."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, Time Out New York
"Driven solely by the filmmaker's prosaic associations. Portabella does not discover the composer through his music."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
"Twaddle pitched somewhere between a music appreciation class and a modernist experiment attesting to art's ability to ennoble the quotidian."
‑ David Phelps, Slant Magazine
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