Outdoor Cinema: The Silence Before Bach (Spain)
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
7:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
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The Silence Before Bach (Spain)
Directed by Pere Portabella; 2007, 102 mins.
Prescreening & Events begin at 7pm. Movie begins at sundown (Around 8:30pm)
This fascinating, charming hybrid of documentary and drama from Spain’s legendary Surrealist circles the theme of the transformational power of great music. The screen is filled with a subway car of passionate cello-playing musicians; then we’re accompanying a guide who gives tours of Leipzig dressed in full Bach regalia; followed by Mendelssohn’s discovery of sheet music for the “St. Matthew Passion” used as wrapping paper for a chunk of raw meat. By turns funny and serious, poignant, sexy, and refreshing – a nearly unclassifiable film, filled with indelible imagery.
Programmed by Film Forum.