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Summary: The Silence Before Bach is a mélange of genres including narrative vignettes and documentary sequences on the theme of the transformational power of great music. At one moment his camera records a subway car packed with passionate cello-playing musicians; at another he is following a guide who gives tours of Leipzig dressed in full Bach regalia; and in a third he stages Felix Mendelssohn’s discovery of sheet music for the “St. Matthew Passion” used by a butcher to wrap meat. By turns funny and serious, poignant, sexy and refreshing, "The Silence Before Bach" is very nearly unclassifiable, like so much of Portabella’s oeuvre. (Film Forum)
Runtime: 102 min
Production: Films 59
Genre: Musical
Country: Spain
Languages: German, Spanish, Catalan
Director Credit
Pere Portabella Director
Writer Credit
Carles Santos Writer
Pere Portabella Writer
Xavier Albertí Writer
Cast Credit
Àlex Brendemühl Camioner
Beatriz Ferrer-Salat Amazona
Bert Kripstädt Camarero
Christian Atanasiu Mayordomo
Christian Brembeck J. S. Bach
Daniel Ligorio F. Mendelssohn
Féodor Atkine Vendedor De Pianos
Ferran Ruiz Hijo De Bach
George-Christoph Biller Himself
Georgina Cardona Violonchelista
Gertrud Kossler Clienta
Jordi Llordella Amigo De Mendelssohn
Lina Lambert Madre De Mendelssohn
Lucien Dekoster Afinador De Pianos
Thomas Sauerteig Amigo De La Violonchelista
Producer Credit
Helena Goma Assistant Producer
Pascual Otal Line Producer
Pere Portabella Producer Movie title data, credits, and poster art provided by: