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F-0128

Title:

Tystnaden
The Silence
(USA)

Category:

S

Produced:

1963

Country:

Sweden

Released:

Feb 1964 (film, USA); 2003 (DVD); Aug 2003 (4-DVD]

Director:

Ingmar Bergman

Writer:

Ingmar Bergman

Actors:

Ingrid Thulin ( Ester); Gunnel Lindblom (Anna); Birger Malmsten (The Bartender); Håkan Jahnberg (The Waiter); Jörgen Lindström (Johan)

Description:

"The Silence" is about the emotional distance between two sisters. The younger one is still attractive enough to pick up a lover in a strange city. The older one -- even though she is very ill -- would like to make a human connection also but cannot leave the hotel room. Traveling with the sisters is a small boy who escapes into the hotel, meets a troupe of dwarfs. Which sister is this little boy's mother? (Dale O'Connor)

Between 1961 and 1963, Ingmar Bergman released a remarkable trilogy of so-called chamber dramas, each one concerned with the futility of sustaining faith in God, family, love, or much else. The series proved transitional for the internationally renowned Swedish filmmaker, securing his crucial collaboration with cinematographer Sven Nykvist (with whom Bergman would go on to make his many masterpieces--including Persona and Cries and Whispers--of the '60s, '70s, and early '80s), and underscoring a new preference for intimate, relationship-driven stories, austere settings, and haunting tones of emotional isolation and despair.
Following Through a Glass Darkly and Winter Light, The Silence is the most abstract entry in the trilogy, a somewhat eerie story of two sisters, Esther (Ingrid Thulin) and Anna (Gunnel Lindblom), and the latter's son (Jörgen Lindström), all traveling by train to Sweden but forced to stay in a foreign country when Esther's chronic bronchial problems require her to rest. A stifling atmosphere, a desolate hotel, encounters with a troupe of carnival dwarves, Anna's anchoring illness, and an empty sexual encounter for Esther underscore the unnerving feeling that God has abandoned these characters to dubious salvation in their own connection. A highly memorable film. (Tom Keogh, Amazon.com)

Language:

Swedish

Bach's Music:

Goldberg Variations BWV 988

Film Company:

Svensk Filmindustri (SF)

Format:

B&W film | DVD (Subtitled, Dubbed) | DVD (PAL)

VHS/DVD Label:

The Criterion Collection [DVD] | Home Vision Entertainment [4-DVD]

TT:

96 min / 95 min (DVD) / 410 min (4-DVD)

Comments:

4-DVD Set includes: A Film Trilogy by Ingmar Bergman - Criterion Collection (Through a Glass Darkly/Winter Light/The Silence) (1964)

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Amazon.com [DVD] | Amazon.com [DVD] | Amazon.com [4-DVD]

Source/Links: IMDB
Contributor: Aryeh Oron (November 2007)

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