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Director:
Writer:
Ingmar Bergman (writer)
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Release Date:
3 February 1964 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
BERGMAN at his most POWERFUL! SHOCKING! BOLD!
Plot:
"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... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
3 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ingrid Thulin ... Ester
Gunnel Lindblom ... Anna
Birger Malmsten ... The Bartender
Håkan Jahnberg ... The Waiter
Jörgen Lindström ... Johan
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lissi Alandh ... Woman in Variety Hall (uncredited)
Karl-Arne Bergman ... The Paperboy (uncredited)
Leif Forstenberg ... Man in Variety Hall (uncredited)
Eduardo Gutiérrez ... Impressario (uncredited)
Eskil Kalling ... The Bar Owner (uncredited)
Birger Lensander ... The Doorkeeper (uncredited)
Kristina Olausson ... Anna (uncredited)
Nils Waldt ... The Cashier (uncredited)
Olof Widgren ... The Old Man (uncredited)
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Directed by
Ingmar Bergman 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ingmar Bergman  writer

Produced by
Allan Ekelund .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Ivan Renliden (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Sven Nykvist 
 
Film Editing by
Ulla Ryghe 
 
Production Design by
P.A. Lundgren 
 
Costume Design by
Marik Vos-Lundh  (as Marik Vos)
Bertha Sånnell (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Börje Lundh .... makeup artist
Gullan Westfelt .... assistant makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lenn Hjortzberg .... assistant director
Lars-Erik Liedholm .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Karl-Arne Bergman .... property master (as Karl Arne Bergman)
 
Sound Department
Stig Flodin .... sound
Olle Jacobsson .... sound mixer (as Olle Jakobsson)
Bo Leverén .... sound
Tage Sjöberg .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Evald Andersson .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Rolf Holmquist .... assistant camera (as Rolf Holmqvist)
Harry Kampf .... still photographer
Peter Wester .... assistant camera
Gerhard Carlsson .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Lars-Owe Carlberg .... location manager
Katinka Faragó .... script supervisor (as Katherina Faragó)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Tystnaden" - Sweden (original title)
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Runtime:
96 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (AGA Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Finland:K-18 (uncut) (2004) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1965) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1964) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1963) | France:-12 | Netherlands:18 (orginal rating) | Norway:16 (cut) | Norway:18 (1970) | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | UK:X (original rating) | USA:R | West Germany:18 (f) (original rating) | West Germany:16 (f) (re-rating)

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Trivia:
The language in the movie is Bergman's own creation, though it has a Slavonic ring to it. The name of the city, which is indicated first in the train's speaker, and then by Anna, as Timoka, is a real word however. Bergman found it in a book in Estonian on the bookshelf of his wife Käbi Laretei. When he asked what it meant, she replied "belonging to the hangman".See more »
Quotes:
Ester:I didn't want to accept my wretched role. But now it's too damn lonely. We try out attitudes and find them all worthless. The forces are all too strong. I mean the forces... the horrible forces. You need to watch your step among all the ghosts and memories.
Ester:All this talk... There's no need to discuss loneliness. It's a waste of time.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in There's Nothing Out There (1991)See more »
Soundtrack:
Mayfair WaltzSee more »

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16 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Silence reveals, 2 July 2007
Author: andrabem from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Ester, Anna and her little son, Johan. They arrive in a strange city in a strange country. The two sisters have a long-standing love-hate relationship covered by the veneer of a fragile truce. Johan (Jörgen Lindstrom) tries to hold on to his mother Anna (Gunnel Lindblom) but she's too busy with her own desires and resentments to pay him much attention. Ester (Ingrid Thulin), Anna's older sister, is very sick - she represents for Anna an authority figure (once feared and respected).

Ester, Anna and Johan are in a city whose language they don't understand and no one understands their language. Isolation, silence.

There's something surreal, almost buñuelesque, in "The Silence". Johan sees and feels many things, but he can't really understand them. The train is arriving in the city and Johan stares out of the train window - he sees many war tanks heading somewhere. He doesn't know what to do with himself... he wanders through the corridors of the hotel in which they are staying and he meets midgets from a wandering troupe. The relationship between the two sisters, Anna (his mother) and Ester (once so strong and now so very sick) is growing tenser. Johan tries to understand, walks along the hotel corridors, plays... he tries to lean on someone.

We see through the eyes of Johan (chaos and the search for love) and Anna (rebellion, desire, the search for something/someone) and Ester (fear and hope succeeding each other).

Ester, Anna and Johan - they are together but so very far apart. Johan, Anna's little son, is the only one that wants to establish a real connection, but when the film ends, he has already begun to suspect what life's about - the first steps to a rude awakening.

There are not many films like "The Silence". This film is really what could be called a masterpiece. It is very difficult for me to describe "The Silence" and the feelings/emotions it provoked in me. All I can say that it is a very rich film and each viewing will reveal new things and different angles to the viewer. "The Silence" is cinematic art in its purest form.

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