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All these films have in common a particular quietness : it may be at the heart of the sensibility or confined to key scenes, or it may ‘dominate’ the foley..what’s apparent though is that the presence of quietness is a key feature of the film’s intent, whether as a device, a contrast, a source of tension or an anathema…

Silence is the true friend that never betrays. ~Confucius

An inability to stay quiet is one of the most conspicuous failings of mankind. ~Walter Bagehot