Into great silence

Into great silence

DVD - 2007 | French
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The Grande Chartreuse, considered one of the world's most ascetic monasteries is based in the French Alps. In 1984, German filmmaker Philip Gröning wrote to the Carthusian order for permission to make a documentary about them. They said they would get back with him. Sixteen years later, they were ready. Gröning, sans crew or artificial lighting, lived in the monks' quarters for six months - filming their daily prayers, tasks, rituals, and rare outdoor excursions.
Publisher: [New York, N.Y.] : Zeitgeist Films, [2007]
Edition: Director's two-disc special ed
Branch Call Number: 248.89 AV DVD INT
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (162 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Mar 22, 2017

Achingly beautiful. Profoundly moving. Also almost three hours long and with barely any dialogue. Certainly not for everyone.

Nov 01, 2016

I will confess I made it through the whole 162 minutes with one eye on the film and the other on my laptop. I was amused by the scenes with the haircuts and the bread in the monks' cells. the most fascinating were the scenes of the individual monks staring into the camera - much can be told by eye contact and the tilt of the head......

Aug 11, 2015

I have watched this film twice and enjoyed the pace and cinematography. I got to know the monks in their plain and subtle ways; almost spiritual. Like the slow food movement this is a classic slow film. Enjoy.

Theodora3 Jul 24, 2012

This is about the Carthusian monastery in the French Alps that started in the 1100s. The monks take a life long vow of silence. In our chatty kathy world it is incomprehensible, but it is absolutely fascinating. If you give it a chance. The cinematography Is amazing. If you can bear to slow down like the monks, you will be richly rewarded even if not religiously inclined. It was a bit like living in the 11th century for 2 hours. For those who say why would anyone want to do that, this is NOT the movie for you. For the rest it is a truly unique experience.

markkluk Feb 17, 2012

If you're easily bored, seeking dialog or a storyline, don't watch this one. However if you are even a little bit religious, you might be intrigued by this almost artistic depiction of life in a monastery


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