Bullfrog Films
55 minutes
Grades 7-12, College, Adult

Directed by François Girard
Produced by Niv Fichman, Rhombus Media

DVD Purchase $150, Rent $80
VHS Purchase $150, Rent $80

US Release Date: 1998
Copyright Date: 1997
DVD ISBN: 1-59458-695-0
VHS ISBN: 1-56029-734-4

European Studies
Film Studies
Performing Arts

Awards and Festivals
Outstanding Effects for a Series, 50th Primetime Emmy Awards
Best Visual Effects, Gemini Awards
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Yo-Yo Ma: Inspired by Bach Series
The Sound of the Carceri
Yo-Yo Ma with Piranesi

Yo-Yo Ma performs Bach in a virtual prison designed by Piranesi.

"Explores the common ground between music and architecture." Music Educators Journal

THE SOUND OF THE CARCERI explores the deep relationship between music and architecture through a high-tech "virtual confrontation" between Bach and his contemporary, the architect Giovanni Battista Piranesi. Using a striking visual style, director François Girard ("The Red Violin" and "Thirty-Two Short Films about Glenn Gould") places Yo-Yo Ma within a series of computer-generated, three-dimensional recreations of Piranesi's well-known prison etchings.

Through Yo-Yo Ma's and music producer Steven Epstein's struggle to recreate and interact with the imaginary space that Ma performs in, the film examines the complexity of illusion, of representation and reality.

Other titles in the series are:

The Music Garden with Julie Moir Messervy - An exploration of Bach's music as interpreted through gardening.

Falling Down Stairs with Mark Morris - Bach's 3rd Suite for Cello interpreted through dance.

Sarabande with Atom Egoyan - Feature film maker Atom Egoyan weaves a tale inspired by Bach's 4th Cello Suite.

Struggle for Hope with Tamasaburo Bando - Kabuki actor Tamasaburo Bando interprets Bach.

Six Gestures with Torvill and Dean - Ice dancers Torvill and Dean interpret Bach's Suite No. 6.

Web Page: http://www.bullfrogfilms.com/catalog/soc.html

"Explores the common ground between music and architecture, including tension, space, proportions and material. Computer-generated 3-D re-creations allow viewers to see Ma 'playing inside a picture,' while hearing how the piece would sound inside the prisons themselves."

Music Educators Journal