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Suffering on the Outside: Martin Scorsese’s "Silence"

12 January 2017 1:49 PM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

“About three in the afternoon, Jesus cried out in a loud voice, ‘Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani (which means, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’)”—Matthew 27:46Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield), a Jesuit priest ministering in a 17th century Japan hostile to Christians, craves the sound of this voice, pining for a confirmation of his convictions: something—anything—to demonstrate that God, too, has not forsaken him. Accompanied by Garrpe (Adam Driver), a fellow priest, he enters Japan looking for his former mentor, Father Ferreira (Liam Neeson), who according to rumor apostatized at the hands of the Japanese authorities. Because the Japanese closed off their borders to “Christian” nations like England, Portugal and Spain, Garrpe and Rodrigues travel illegally from Macao to Japan, led by an enigmatic drunkard, Kichijiro (Yôsuke Kubozuka). Shortly after their arrival, the priests bear witness to excruciating acts of torture perpetrated against the local Japanese Christians. »

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Film Review: ‘Silence’ is an Overwrought View of Religious Faith

11 January 2017 8:25 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – For gosh sakes, someone call the Vatican and make Marty Scorsese an honorary priest. He is overtly fascinated – in this work and his other films – with the notion of religious faith, particular within his Catholic roots. He approaches the subject again in the intense “Silence.”

Rating: 3.0/5.0

Based on a novel from the 1960s, “Silence” is a story about Portuguese priests in an missionary zone, in this case Japan in the late 1600s. It is filled with the “testing” of these priests’ faith, as the Japanese were ruthless in their prosecution of these pastors. Basically this is Scorsese obsessing about the tests of faith that were outlined in the novel, and visually bringing the torture of this moral dilemma to life. The film actually gets better after a slow start – and has an electric atmosphere of dread and honor – but really does nothing to resolve the matter of man versus the breaking point. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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‘Silence’ Producer on the Challenges and Triumphs of Making Martin Scorsese’s Film: ‘It’s Marty Baring His Soul’

5 January 2017 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Silence” is the culmination of Martin Scorsese’s 28-year quest to bring Shusaku Endo’s book to the screen, but the struggles didn’t end once the film got the greenlight. The production was an endless series of challenges, says producer Emma Tillinger Koskoff. “I knew it was going to be difficult, but I didn’t realize how difficult. Every day I was faced with new problems to solve. I lost 25 pounds, and was brought to my knees every day. But the takeaway was that it was the most positive and rewarding film I have ever been a part of.”

The Paramount film shot in 73 days, all in Taiwan. “When you go into a new country and a new culture, your learning curve is very steep,” says Koskoff. There were five languages spoken on the set, with the team including Americans, Japanese, Taiwanese, Chinese, Italians, Australians, British and Irish, among others. »

- Tim Gray

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‘Deadpool,’ ‘Moonlight,’ ‘La La Land’ Take Writers Guild Nominations

4 January 2017 10:07 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Arrival,” “Deadpool,” “Fences,” “Hidden Figures” and “Nocturnal Animals” and have received best adapted screenplay nominations from the Writers Guild of America while “Hell or High Water,” “La La Land,” “Loving,” “Manchester by the Sea” and “Moonlight” have nabbed nods for best original screenplay.

Documentary nominations went to “Author: The Jt LeRoy Story,” “Command and Control” and “Zero Days.”

The WGA will announce the winners of its 69th annual awards on Feb. 19 in simultaneous ceremonies at the Edison Ballroom in New York City and the Beverly Hills Hilton in Beverly Hills.

Moonlight,” scripted by Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney, won the best screenplay trophy at the Gotham Awards in November. The drama is contending for best screenplay at the Jan. 8 Golden Globes along with Taylor Sheridan for “Hell or High Water,” Damien Chazelle for “La La Land,” Kenneth Lonergan for “Manchester by the Sea” and Tom Ford for “Nocturnal Animals. »

- Dave McNary

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‘Silence’ Review

3 January 2017 5:01 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson, Issey Ogata, Tadanobu Asano, Ciarán Hinds, Shin’ya Tsukamoto, Yoshi Oida, Yôsuke Kubozuka | Written by Martin Scorsese, Jay Cocks (based on the novel Silence by Shūsaku Endō) | Directed by Martin Scorsese

Having been in some kind of development for the past quarter of a century, Martin Scorsese’s Silence finally opens. And after a grim 2016 it emerges as the perfect gift for the new year: a deeply probing and contemplative epic exploring themes of persecution, integrity, truth and faith, which seems not only apt for our times, but necessary.

We open with the chaotic sounds of nature – a cacophony of insect chatter and animal wailing – and then we cut to “Silence”.

The year is 1633 and the place is Japan. Father Ferreira (Liam Neeson) provides the context. He’s a Jesuit priest, captured and tortured by the Japanese for his faith. Jump to 1640. Two of Ferreira’s students, »

- Rupert Harvey

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Silence Movie Review

1 January 2017 10:40 AM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Silence Paramount Pictures Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: A- Director:  Martin Scorsese Written by: Jay Cocks, Martin Scorsese, from Sh?saku End?’s novel Cast: Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson, Adam Driver, Ciarán Hinds, Tadanobu Asano, Ryô Kase, Sin’ya Tsukamoto, Nana Komatsu, Michié Screened at: Paramount, NYC, 12/19/16 Opens: December 23, 2016 If you’re “up” with trends […]

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- Harvey Karten

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