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The Silence (1963) More at IMDbPro »Tystnaden (original title)

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The Silence -- Two sisters; the sickly, intellectual Ester and the sensual, pragmatic Anna, travel by train with Anna’s young son Johan to a foreign country seemingly on the brink of war.

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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 »
User Reviews:
Lack of Connection and Communication See more (37 total) »

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)

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)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Tystnaden" - Sweden (original title)
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Runtime:
96 min
Country:
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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The controversy the film acquired for being sexually explicit resulted in a much larger audience than most Bergman pictures. When Bergman realized this, he commented that it had attracted the most unwanted viewers of any of his pictures.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Johan:[points to a sign] What does that mean?
Ester:I don't know.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Persona (1966)See more »
Soundtrack:
Mayfair WaltzSee more »

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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Lack of Connection and Communication, 2 November 2010
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

While traveling back home by train, Anna (Gunnel Lindblom), her son Johan (Jörgen Lindström) and her sister Ester (Ingrid Thulin) that is very ill have to stop in a foreign country in Timoka City and checking- in a hotel until Ester recovers from a crisis of her illness. Ester is a translator but she does not speak the language, therefore they need to communicate by gestures with the locals. Ester is cult and controller and Anna is still attractive and very promiscuous. They are emotionally separated and without any sibling's feelings; therefore each sister just speaks to hurt the other while Johan wanders in the empty corridors of the hotel.

"Tystnaden" is a film about lack of connection and communication that in certain moments seems to be a silent movie. There are very few, but sharp and ambiguous, dialogs between the two sisters and it is not clear whether they had an incestuous relationship in the past and the weird way that Anna treats her son, sleeping naked in the bed with him or asking him to soap her back (at least, for non-Swedish viewer). The performances are awesome as usual in a Bergman's film, with wonderful black-and-white cinematography, use of shadows and camera work. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "O Silêncio" ("The Silence")

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