“The Silence Before Bach” – review by Maitland McDonagh

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Part documentary about the life of Baroque composer J.S. Bach (1685–1750), part meditation on Bach’s music and part critique of the dehumanized modern world, it’s a slippery formal exercise of the kind that divides viewers into the enthralled and the infuriated.>

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Maitland McDonagh

Formerly TVGuide.com's senior movies editor/reviewer, Maitland McDonagh now has her own site, Miss FlickChick.com, and freelances for Film Comment, Time Out NY and other publications. She has written four books -- Broken Mirrors Broken Minds: The Dark Dreams of Dario Argento, Filmmaking on the Fringe, The 50 Most Erotic Films of All Time and Movie Lust -- and contributed to many others, including Film Out of Bounds, Fantasy Females, The Last Great American Picture Show and Exile Cinema. Read McDonagh's recent artilces below. For her Women On Film archive, type "Maitland McDonagh" into the Search Box (upper right corner of screen).