I get what they're doing, I wanted to like it, but it was so hard to sit through. I think it was because of long shots. You pick up on what the author is doing and the shot just keeps going, your mind starts to wander, it becomes hard to stay engaged through the whole movie. Still, I'd say it's pretty well done, but definitely not for everyone
Mesmerizing, thought provoking, Perfect meditation "Part meditation and part documentary, interspersing performance sequences with narrative vignettes... Rather than providing another worshipful monument to Bach the figure, the film savors the intimate creative moments that result in magnificence. Gratefully and modestly evoked, Bach becomes even more breathtaking. " NEW YORK MOVIES
A manifold film with nice and sometimes surprisingly fresh ideas (like playing Bach in the subway wagon with twenty cellists in unison). But for me as musicologist this filmic essay on Bach and his impact turns out to be a little too heroic. Anyway, I appreciated the short reference to Simon Laks and his fate, because this is a mostly neglected and not well known chapter of music history.
ein katastrophaler film, der der musik bachs weder interpretatorisch,noch historisch, noch durch filmische bilder, noch durch das erzählen mühseliger und längst widerlegter anekdoten, noch schauspielerisch im entferntesten gerecht würde. langweilig vom ersten bis zum letzten moment, eine mühselige geschichte, aufführungspraktisch irgendwo in der zeit vor richter oder gar karajan stehengeblieben. sinnlos betäubend.
ha — who knew droll anecdotes and skits would be such a tasteful way to approach the legacy of the greatest musician who ever lived? Portabella maintains a through-line while gently examining openings in the edifice of J.S., a process that locates moments that startle with their sly provocations and even (a few times) deep feelings. Not great, but at least it plays fair with its subject. Charming little film.