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In Pursuit of Silence (2015)

PG | | Documentary | 23 June 2017 (USA)
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A film about our relationship with silence and the impact of noise on our lives.


Patrick Shen
2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »





Credited cast:
John Cage John Cage ... Self (archive footage)
Pico Iyer Pico Iyer ... Self
Garry Moore Garry Moore ... Self (archive footage)
Steve Orfield Steve Orfield ... Self
George Prochnik George Prochnik ... Self
Stephen Stansfeld Stephen Stansfeld ... Self
Poppy Szkiler Poppy Szkiler ... Self
Julian Treasure Julian Treasure ... Self
David Tudor David Tudor ... Self (archive footage)


In Pursuit of Silence is a meditative film about our relationship with silence and the impact of noise on our lives. In our race towards modernity, amidst all the technological innovation and the rapid growth of our cities, silence is now quickly passing into legend. From the Desert Fathers of the third century AD who became the model for Christian monasticism to John Cage's seminal work 4'33" which would go onto inspire a generation of artists, humankind has had a long fascination with silence. In Pursuit of Silence will be the first comprehensive look at this topic whose many dimensions lie at the heart of so much of human progress. Offering audiences a contemplative cinematic experience, the sights and sounds of this film will work its way through frantic minds, into the quiet spaces of hearts, and help shape a new vision of being. Written by Transcendental Media

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Without a sense of direction
30 September 2016 | by peefynSee all my reviews

This movie was a bit all over the place, though I did enjoy many of the segments. They all do relate to silence in some way, though it's by various definitions of the word, and at times it is more about its opposite (noise) than silence itself. I am not saying that these do not fit together as a valid exploration of the term, but the movie feels a bit sprawling, going from one to the other.

On a deeper level, the movie does succeed, though. I left the screening with a clear awareness of the noise around me, and for the first time in quite a while, I actively listened to my every day environment. But then I tried remembering the different segments in the movie, but they were almost all forgotten. Perhaps a ten minute piece would have had just as strong an influence on me, but then again, perhaps the whole package was needed to underline the message of the movie.

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Release Date:

23 June 2017 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Bombay, India See more »


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$400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,141, 25 June 2017

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1.78 : 1
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