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2,665 Ratings

The Silence


Directed by Ingmar Bergman
Sweden, 1963


When one of them becomes ill, two sisters stop in a foreign country, seemingly on the brink of war, to stay in a hotel with one of their young sons in the final part of the director’s “Silence of God” trilogy (following Through a Glass Darkly and Winter Light).

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The Silence Directed by Ingmar Bergman

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  • kartina obskura's rating of the film The Silence

    oci su ti sklopljene, usne su ti umorne, ne ljubi me njima, nisu cvorci pevali dok je iznad krovova svirala tisina (za severusa, koji me je navukao na ovu pesmu iako mrzim bajagu). p.s. iz ovog se filma najbolje secam close-upa uzicke sljivovice (ako ne racunam frojdovska sranja) :D p.p.s kako je dobro kad niko ne razume tvoj jezik :D

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film The Silence

    Bergman was a man of the theater; look at his 50s canon, and you'll see how much he emulated classics and chamber plays. Which makes The Silence something new: a work of rigorous cinematic modernism that enters Antonioni territory (fashionable alienation, long silences) but does it better, with richer characters. An abstract & emotionally brutal film. The sex would shock the moral majority today, let alone in 1963.

  • EdieEmm's rating of the film The Silence

    Bergman's devastatingly ironic play on alienation as the inescapable aftermath of some metaphysical Babel. Fugitive and rootless ("What's this town called, Mama?") in a disorienting, nightmarish world of "horrible forces", every salvaged scrap of meaning distorted in translation, we become resigned to silence, are remade in the image of our silent God. Deliciously wry, if thoroughly bleak, culmination of the trilogy.

  • Slow Immersion's rating of the film The Silence

    The first 10 minutes were like a dream. The form was wonderful, and visually so impressive, and quite a sensual/erotic segment. Although still a good film, it became less interesting as it is progressed; my interest drifted mid way through. For it's time, an impressive work, and the first 45 mins may be some of the earliest precursor of contemplative cinema I have seen.

  • Wee Hunk's rating of the film The Silence

    If you described the movie to someone, it would sound like a bore fest. But there's some kind of magic that Bergman has that makes this one of his weirdest efforts. It deals with adult themes in almost a melodramatic way, which constrasts well with the overall style. One of my favorites.

  • Joe Hackman's rating of the film The Silence

    At times playful and sweet, at times somber and serious... This was an interesting and sensual film experience. The heart of the film lies in Johan, the lanky boy who wanders through the strange hotel that is the sole setting of the film. Bergman's strong compositional eye elevates this film, which gets slow in parts.

  • ramosbarajas's rating of the film The Silence

    The Silence is eerie and ordinary. It feels dream-like and solid at the same time. It lingers between contrasting moods, and it does so perfectly. Even the two characters are complete opposites, making their lives miserable. There is no hesitation between the two contrasts, merely a masterful mixture that makes the final product very suffocating but at the same time hopeful.

  • Zachary George Najarian-Najafi's rating of the film The Silence

    The best part of the faith trilogy. It cuts down on a lot of the fluff that I thought brought down the previous two films and is instead a beautiful, unpretentious, almost fully realized work. The images and use of space are stunning, as well as the way Bergman uses his actresses faces. It isn't perfect, but it's something of a practice run for what would be Persona.

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