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The Silence (1963)

Tystnaden (original title)
R | | Drama | 3 February 1964 (USA)
Two estranged sisters, Ester and Anna, and Anna's 10-year-old son travel to the Central European country on the verge of war. Ester becomes seriously ill and the three of them move into a hotel in a small town called Timoka.

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Ingmar Bergman

Writer:

Ingmar Bergman
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ingrid Thulin ... Ester
Gunnel Lindblom ... Anna
Jörgen Lindström ... Johan
Håkan Jahnberg Håkan Jahnberg ... The Hotel Steward
Birger Malmsten ... The Waiter
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"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? Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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Country:

Sweden

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Release Date:

3 February 1964 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (AGA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The book that Johan read while his mother has sex in another room is the Russian novel "A Hero of Our Time" by Mikhail Lermontov. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Johan: [points to a sign] What does that mean?
Ester: I don't know.
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Alternate Versions

A brief shot of Anna's naked torso, just prior to her having sex with the café waiter, has been excised from the U.S. version. Also, a subsequent scene in which the waiter is seen sodomizing Anna is cut at the beginning of the sex act. In the original version this sequence continues for another twenty seconds. See more »

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References The Rules of the Game (1939) See more »

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Music by Robert Mersey
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The Cries and Whispers of Silence
8 January 2006 | by G_a_l_i_n_aSee all my reviews

The title of a dark and erotic final chapter of "faith" trilogy may sum up Bergman's own philosophy regarding religion and God – "God has never spoken because He does not exist". Bergman mentioned that he wanted to make a film with as little dialog as possible because "he had made many films with a lot of talking". He wanted "The Silence" to be a pure cinematographic experience where the images do all the talking. The films centers on two sisters, Ester (Ingrid Thulin) and Anna, (Gunnel Lindblom) to whom Ester is physically attracted. Esther, Anna and her 10-year-old son travel together and had to stop in a hotel located in an unnamed European country due to Esther's serious illness.

The film may be viewed on several levels -as the story of two sisters who apparently used to be close but are not able to communicate and understand one another anymore. Or it can be interpreted as a parable of Sensuality, Intellect, and Innocence, that cannot coexist in the world where God does not exist. As with every great and intelligent work of art, "The Silence" has so much to offer to its viewer, it's got so many questions to ask and it does not provide the easy answers.

Complex, suffocating, screaming through the silence, poignant, passionate, harrowing yet strangely hopeful and even funny sometimes - this is an unforgettable film, a masterpiece, a hidden treasure that has to be rediscovered and to receive as much praise and admiration as "Persona" and "Cries and Whispers" - for both of which "The Silence" was an inspiration. The acting by two Bergman's actresses is a miracle (as usual) as well as Sven Nykvist's camera work in creating the claustrophobic world where silence cries, whispers, and kills...


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