The Silence Before Bach

From a scene of Bach patiently teaching his son Christoph Friedrich how to play the piano to a truck driver who plays the composer’s music on his harmonica, a pianist who plays the Goldberg Variations while rolling through his enormous loft, a Bach impersonator leading tourists through Leipzig, and Felix Mendelssohn’s curious discovery of the St. Matthew Passion via a piece of meat wrapped in sheet music, this puckish, almost kitsch collection of skits takes a playful look at the legacy of a classical composer whose music still retains the power to inspire and influence.

Director: Pere Portabella, 2007

Run Time: 102 min.

Screening

Date: 9/4/12

Location: Grace Street Theater