The Silence Before Bach / Mudanza Blu-ray

The Silence Before Bach / Mudanza

In these two works by the radical Catalan filmmaker Pere Portabella, music, art and architecture take a pivotal role in fragmenting and unravelling the substance of history to comment on our modern world.

The acclaimed, surreal documentary The Silence Before Bach (Die Stille vor Bach)  comprises a series of filmed vignettes, united by the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Portabella's opulent reverie leads us through the centuries, investigating the profound, complex relationship between image and music.

Mudanza quietly records the removal of furniture and objects from the home of poet Federico García Lorca, allowing visitors – and viewers - to move freely amongst its empty spaces, and to contemplate what is lost.

2007 Barcelona Film Awards/ Winner: Audiovisual prize

2007 Gijón International Film Festival / Winner: Special Jury Award

A work shaped by correlation, metaphor and metonymy, by beautiful images and fragments of ideas, a work that locates the music in the twitching of a dog’s ears, in the curve of a woman’s belly, a child’s song and an adult’s reverie. Like the music it celebrates, this is a film made in glory of the world.” Manohla Dargis, New York Times

At once cerebral film essay and unsweetened ear candy... it’s a high-toned experimental feature that eschews narrative and ponders the social history of music, creating a dialectic between sound and image.” Jim Hoberman, Village Voice

A remarkable and quixotic work: a free-floating series of visual essays on what music in general and Johann Sebastian Bach in particular mean to civilization. … The Silence Before Bach finds beauty everywhere: in the curves of a naked woman, the gait of a dancing horse, and the godlike order of a prelude.” Ty Burr, The Boston Globe

Production Year: 2007
Region Code: Free
Running Time: 102 mins / 21 mins
Number of Discs: 1
Language: German, Spanish
Subtitles: English
Audio: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio / 2.0 Stereo LPCM
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 / 2.00:1
Colour: Colour
Director Pere Portabella
Cast Christian Atanasiu
Cast Féodor Atkine
Cast George-Christoph Biller
Cast De Arte Integral
Cast Jose María Leones


  • New High Definition, director-approved presentations of the of the films
  • An in-depth 2010 interview with Pere Portabella from the Spanish tv arts show ‘Sala 33’ discussing The Silence Before Bach and Mudanza
  • Booklet featuring new writing on the films
  • DTS HD 5.1 and 2.0 Stereo audio
  • Region free Blu-ray (A/B/C)