The Silence Before Bach (Die Stille vor Bach) Reviews

July 18, 2019
"Bach is the only thing that reminds us that the world is not a failure." A character from [The Silence Before Bach] says it ... and we intuit their quintessences after. [Full review in Spanish]
November 17, 2017
Portabella never loses his sense of humor even amidst the grandeur of the music, and the seriousness of the ideas.
November 17, 2011
September 7, 2011
August 20, 2009
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.
October 18, 2008
August 1, 2008
The engaging enigma of The Silence Before Bach demonstrates an artistic wisdom that is as satisfying as it is challenging.
March 3, 2008
Think of it strictly as a wonderful music video. Hey, Pink Floyd has a movie, so why not Bach?
February 3, 2008
About as far away from a conventional composer biopic as Kraft's products are from real cheese.
January 31, 2008
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.
January 30, 2008
Provide[s] gorgeous lensing and art direction and some of the world's most beautiful music.
January 30, 2008
Like the music it celebrates, this is a film made in glory of the world.
January 29, 2008
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.
January 29, 2008
At once cerebral film essay and unsweetened ear candy, Pere Portabella's The Silence Before Bach is nearly as tough to categorize as its maker.
January 24, 2008
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.'
January 24, 2008
Brings Bach's music to life with a mysterious, magnificent blend of drama, documentary, and quasi-surrealist whimsy.