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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.

Director:

Ingmar Bergman

Writer:

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 »

Also Known As:

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Company Credits

Production Co:

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 was submitted to the rating bureau just weeks after the directions had been liberalized a bit: it went through without cuts, and made a real stir. It attracted huge audiences, was fiercely debated - and acquired a reputation for being the film that shot the first big hole in the "sex censorship wall" of Swedish movie making. Within five years, film censorship had become a formality. Voice where raised for the abolishment of censorship, but with the raising levels of film violence at the end of the 60's the opinion changed and where lesser on nudity and sex but very hard on film violence. State censorship was not abolished until 2011, 100 years after it's introduction. See more »

Quotes

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

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Soundtracks

Coffee Bean Calypso
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Music by Dolf van der Linden (as Silvio Pinto)
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Igmar at his most cinematic
25 January 2005 | by dennis70See 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.

10/10


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