The Silence is Baroque

The Silence is Baroque 1997 The Netherlands

Super 8, DV, 16mm, colour, sound 12 mins

The rough voices of men (from Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Accatone ) open the film soundtrack, they banter in Italian about taking flowers to the cemetery. Filmed in Granada and Seville during Holy Week, the camera is in the middle of the noisy processions looking up at the massive structures as they pass by. The soundtrack mixes the cacophony of music of the marching bands and drumbeats recorded live on location, the ambience of the crowds and the sung laments.  The centre piece is The Silence, a totemic hyper realist effigy from the 17th century representing the moment after the final expiration of Christ which processes at midnight in total silence along the streets where the lighting has been turned off.  After it passes, we cross over into the light and noise of a new day – where people throng the streets, sit in cafes and enjoy life. Popular devotion is expressed in the applause for life and the celebration of the passion of death – in the defiant energy of the Baroque.


Film Credits
Directed by Nina Danino
Singer: Anonymous
Location sound recording: Paco Tejero
Avid Editors: Jaime Estrada, Graham McGuiness
Sound Engineer : David Hunt
Dubbing Mixer: Billy Mahoney

Episode in the portmanteau feature film Rainbow Stories 75 mins. 1997, The Netherlands
Producer: Karel Doing, Studio één, The Netherlands

1997 Premiere:  Rotterdam International Film Festival, The Netherlands