THE SI­LENCE BE­FORE BACH

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When the open­ing shot of a film shows a player pi­ano mov­ing through an empty, sunny gallery on a robot-driven trol­ley while thun­der­ing out one of Bach’s “Gold­berg” Vari­a­tions, you know this isn’t your usual art movie. Di­rec­tor Pere Porta­bella mixes fact, fancy, and folderol into a beau­ti­ful stream of con­scious­ness that moves with the in­evitabil­ity of a mu­si­cal work un­fold­ing. This Santa Fe peren­nial re­turns with a new print. Not rated. 102 min­utes. In Span­ish and Ger­man with sub­ti­tles. The Screen, Santa Fe. (Craig Smith)

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