The Silence Before Bach (Die Stille vor Bach)
The Silence Before Bach (Die Stille vor Bach) (2007)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 21, 2007
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Ty Burr
Boston Globe

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.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Provide[s] gorgeous lensing and art direction and some of the world's most beautiful music.

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Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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.

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Ted Fry
Seattle Times

The engaging enigma of The Silence Before Bach demonstrates an artistic wisdom that is as satisfying as it is challenging.

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Manohla Dargis
New York Times

Like the music it celebrates, this is a film made in glory of the world.

Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

Think of it strictly as a wonderful music video. Hey, Pink Floyd has a movie, so why not Bach?

Jan Stuart

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.

Ronnie Scheib

Arguably stronger conceptually than visually, surreal mix of the unexpected and the banal is definitely not to everybody's taste. But the music is inarguably sublime.

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Maria Garcia
Film Journal International

Driven solely by the filmmaker's prosaic associations. Portabella does not discover the composer through his music.

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Flixster Audience Score: 64% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"The Silence Before Bach" is a partially successful attempt at showing the journey that the music of Johann Sebastian… More