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El silencio del mar

Le silence de la mer

Dirigida por Jean-Pierre Melville
Francia, 1949
Drama, Romántico, Guerra


In a small town in occupied France in 1941, the German officer, Werner Von Ebrennac is billeted in the house of the uncle and his niece. The uncle and niece refuse to speak to him, but each evening the officer warms himself by the fire and talks of his country.

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El silencio del mar Dirigida por Jean-Pierre Melville
Melville announced in his first feature, the ultra-eerie Le Silence de la mer (which was based partly on his wartime experiences), an approach which emphasized silence, temps morts, suspense that is metaphysical or spiritual, a modernist sense of visual composition that emphasizes the psychological dimensions of space, and (anticipating Bresson) the strange nature of everyday objects and gestures.
June 26, 2017
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The old man’s voice-over narration is incantatory; once the lieutenant begins showing up each night in civilian clothes to continue what his host mentally characterizes as “the long rhapsody of his discovery of France,” the movie is powerfully repetitive.
May 21, 2015
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The black-and-white cinematography, by the wonderful Henri Decaë, is starkly atmospheric. Melville’s fascination with Orson Welles’s “Citizen Kane” (1941) is evident in some striking shots, and he used low-budget tricks, such as a dissolve that joins a shot of Chartres Cathedral with a tank’s cannon filmed in Paris.
May 12, 2015
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  • tidal waif's rating of the film El silencio del mar

    All right, I realize Vercors’ “samizdat” book was meant to mobilize and cohere population in times of great distress, but hearing the alternating monologues, I wonder if Melville doesn’t grasp the irony at the center of his discourse: ideologies in their noxious form are based on sets of sweeping generalizations and on the paranoid assumption applied to politics that a country/race is assaulted and has always been in

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film El silencio del mar

    A home invasion movie of the strangest kind, where a Nazi occupier and his defiantly stoic "hosts" reach a dark, complex understanding. It has minimal ingredients, so credit to Melville for the formal tinkering he manages. Its chief flaw is academicism—this is emotion as theory, more satisfying as experiment than drama. But it lingers as an early sign of the repressed, precise moral parables that fascinated him.

  • FilmEdie's rating of the film El silencio del mar

    I’ve seen a probably very high number of films about power dynamics; go figure it's the one with the nazi that takes the subtle, understated approach. Visually striking composition/cinematography that in every case was magnificent, even as I felt frustrated that it wasn't doing justice to all the rich, disturbing nuance of the story.* I could imagine it being brutal as a play (or Fassbinder film!) Great debut! 3.75

  • Michael H. CLAES's rating of the film El silencio del mar

    A masterful lesson in cinema. === Monologue entre 1 officier nazi compositeur intello & 1 couple français. Sans argent, Melville réalisa ce 1r film avec des chutes de pellicule & des bouts d'actualité. Pour chaque jour de tournage, il devait attendre d'avoir assez épargné pour payer comédiens, bus et techniciens. 27 jours de tournage répartis sur 1 an 1/2 furent ainsi nécessaires à cette oeuvre vibrante & magistrale

  • Jason's rating of the film El silencio del mar

    I have reservations about calling it perfect because of the exposition that takes place to which the narrator was not privy, but the perfect parts are about as perfect as perfect gets. The film itself and its context (production etc.) make it heroic. Maybe the great film about resistance. It depicts how resistance can be problematized by the humanity of those who resist and those being resisted. Nicole Stéphane!

  • ASHES IN THE HOURGLASS's rating of the film El silencio del mar

    One of the most stylistically fascinating I have ever seen. The best way I can describe it is that it's shot like a book and edited like music. What I mean is that the shots all serve to meticulously describe the world and the editing gives each shot the exact amount of time for it to serve it's function before cutting. Each shot feels independent while also functioning as a whole. It's hard to describe just watch it

  • Daniel S.'s rating of the film El silencio del mar

    One of these films that stay for days in your head after you've seen it. Like The Uncle and The Niece, you'll be hypnotized by Werner von Ebrennac's thoughts about Europa, Art and Hope for a better world. A movie that shouldn't be neglected when we talk about Jean-Pierre Melville. Highly recommended.

  • Severus Snape's rating of the film El silencio del mar

    "I learned then that the hands, if you observe them well, can be as expressive as the face. Even better than the face as they more easily escape the control of the will."

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