• The Silence before Bach

    2007. Spain. Pere Portabella. 102 min.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007, 7:30 p.m.

Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1

  • The Silence before Bach

    2007. Spain. Directed by Pere Portabella. Screenplay by Pere Portabella, Carles Santos, Xavier Alberti. Portabella's latest film, about how Johann Sebastian Bach transformed the world through music, explores the dramaturgical relation between music and image. Works by Bach, as well as two of Felix Mendelssohn's sonatas, are performed on original and modern instruments (including a harmonica) in a series of narrative fragments set in environments associated with the music—from long-distance trucks to the Thomasschule Leipzig. An example of cinema redefining the experience of music for a contemporary audience, it recalls Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet's The Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach (1968) in its structural use of music. In Spanish, German; English subtitles. 102 min.

In the Film exhibition Pere Portabella

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