It opens with the glorious paradox of a player piano tinkling out the crystalline chords of the Goldberg Variations — music so rapt yet mathematical that this rigid ”performance” of it carries as much soul as Glenn Gould’s. From there, The Silence Before Bach, a series of vignettes and sketches directed by the 78-year-old Pere Portabella, is a hit-or-miss meditation on J.S. Bach’s music and the leap it embodied. The film’s intensity comes and goes, yet it knows exactly how to listen to Bach — as our single greatest channeler of God. B
Genre: Musical; Starring: Feodor Atkins, Christian Brembeck; Director: Pere Portabella; Author: Xavier Alberti, Pere Portabella, Carles Santos; Release Date Limited: 01/30/2008; Runtime (in minutes): 102; MPAA Rating: Unrated
Posted February 6 2008 — 12:00 AM EST
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