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The Silence (1963)

Tystnaden (original title)
R | | Drama | 3 February 1964 (USA)
Two sisters and 13-year old boy travel in a fictitious foreign country. The older sister gets sick and the three move into a hotel.




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Birger Malmsten ...
The Bartender
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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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1.37 : 1
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The last in Bergman's trilogy about faith, and was preceded by a "Through a Glass Darkly" and "Winter Light". See more »


[first lines]
Johan: [points to a sign] What does that mean?
Ester: I don't know.
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Igmar at his most cinematic
25 January 2005 | by (Trieste) – See all my reviews

This film marked a turn for Igmar Bergman's career. While always great, most of his films from the fifties are always plagued with an excess of theatricality and long parliaments. However this 1963 film he creates a strange world with very little dialogue and surreal imagery a la Bunuel (See the scene with the dwarfs)

For the time the film was also very shocking because of the sexually explicit scenes. The film starts with two sisters and a boy (the son of one of them), travelling by train into a strange country in the verge of war. They decide to stay in an almost empty hotel, where most of the film takes place.

The film involves themes like, incest, lesbians, alienation and the impossibility to communicate in general. Not to be missed.


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