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The Silence ()

Tystnaden (original title)
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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... See more »

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Ester
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Anna
Jörgen Lindström ...
Johan
Håkan Jahnberg ...
The Hotel Steward
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The Waiter
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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)
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The Old Man (uncredited)

Directed by

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Ingmar Bergman

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Ingmar Bergman ... (writer)

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Allan Ekelund ... producer (uncredited)

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Ivan Renliden ... (uncredited)

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Sven Nykvist

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Ulla Ryghe

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P.A. Lundgren

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Marik Vos-Lundh ... (as Marik Vos)
Bertha Sånnell ... (uncredited)

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Börje Lundh ... makeup artist
Gullan Westfelt ... assistant makeup artist

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Lenn Hjortzberg ... assistant director
Lars-Erik Liedholm ... assistant director

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Karl-Arne Bergman ... property master (as Karl Arne Bergman)

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Stig Flodin ... sound
Olle Jacobsson ... sound mixer (as Olle Jakobsson)
Bo Leverén ... sound
Tage Sjöborg ... sound (as Tage Sjöberg)

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Evald Andersson ... special effects

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Rolf Holmquist ... assistant camera (as Rolf Holmqvist)
Harry Kampf ... still photographer
Peter Wester ... assistant camera
Gerhard Carlsson ... electrician (uncredited)

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Lars-Owe Carlberg ... location manager

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Katinka Faragó ... script supervisor (as Katherina Faragó)
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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

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Taglines BERGMAN at his most POWERFUL! SHOCKING! BOLD! See more »
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Also Known As
  • The Silence (World-wide, English title)
  • The Silence (United States)
  • Le silence (France)
  • El silencio (Spain)
  • Мълчанието (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
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  • 96 min
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Trivia The chief censor was on holiday when this movie was approved. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Origins of the 21st Century (2000). See more »
Soundtracks THE GOLDBERG VARIATIONS 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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