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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

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Ingmar Bergman
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ingrid Thulin ... Ester / Elder sister
Gunnel Lindblom ... Anna / Younger sister
Jörgen Lindström Jörgen Lindström ... Johan / Anna' son
Håkan Jahnberg Håkan Jahnberg ... The Waiter
Birger Malmsten ... The Bartender
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Storyline

"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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BERGMAN at his most POWERFUL! SHOCKING! BOLD!

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Country:

Sweden

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Swedish | English | German | French | Spanish

Release Date:

3 February 1964 (USA) See more »

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Svensk Filmindustri (SF) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (AGA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film is included on Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" list. See more »

Quotes

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

Referenced in The Hours and Times (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Mayfair Waltz
(uncredited)
Music by Robert Mersey
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Watch Bergman's life's work and save yourself a bundle on film school
23 February 2004 | by Bill StollSee all my reviews

An Ingmar Bergman film always takes me to film school. `Silence' offers the PhD. Metaphors and character arcs: No one does it better than Bergman.

It's a study in contrasts. It's about the strife sewn into the lining of family intimacy, contrasted with the perfection of strangers engaged in the base behaviors. Complexity vs. Simplicity. The common ground shared by youthful innocence and ignorance vs. the confusion imposed by years of living. Short people seeking acceptance vs. normal folk who are so completely unacceptable to each other. It's about a dying woman whose life's work is translating one language to another so others can understand it vs. two people who speak the same language who cannot understand each other (further) vs. two other people who speak different languages who have a better understanding than those sharing a common lexicon. And on and on.

Watching this film, it occurred to me how deeply Bergman's work influenced the likes of Kubrick and Hitchcock and Aldrich and Leigh … so many more. 2001 Space Odyssey, Psycho, so many of the great films have seeds here. The screen was Bergman's canvas; the camera his brush. Neither the script nor the imagery alone created the work. His work has a soul from the combination of all of it.

Watch Bergman's life's work and save yourself a bundle on film school. You'll be in the master's care.


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