Blending historical reconstruction with very loosely linked ‘dramatic’ scenes and documentary sequences, the film constitutes a playful, painterly sequence of variations on the argument that Johann Sebastian changed the way the world hears thanks to his extraordinary ear for harmony.
User Reviews: This is the most recent work by the Catalan film maker,Pere Portabella. Although I’ve never seen his previous body of work, if it’s any thing like this, I would love to see them (which would be a chore,as Portabella adamantly refuses to have any of his films released in any video form). ‘Die Stille Vir Bach’ is a meditation on life & how it’s connected to classical music. It consists of a series of inter connected images, but with a fragmented narrative (it reminded me of some of the films of Luis Bunuel). The film is cast with relative unknowns (at least unknown on this continent). It would be recommended to lovers of classical music,or surrealist/experimental/avant garde cinema.