The Poet's Silence

  • 1986
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

Peter Lilienthal has been one of Germany's most prominent and consistent directors, with several major awards to his credit (including the 1979 Berlin Film Festival's Golden Bear for DAVID). Despite this, his films have remained virtually unseen outside of Western Europe. THE POET'S SILENCE was released in Germany in 1986 and shown briefly in the States...read more

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Peter Lilienthal has been one of Germany's most prominent and consistent directors, with several major awards to his credit (including the 1979 Berlin Film Festival's Golden Bear for DAVID). Despite this, his films have remained virtually unseen outside of Western Europe. THE POET'S

SILENCE was released in Germany in 1986 and shown briefly in the States on the festival circuit. It is concerned with the artist's--particularly the writer's--ability to work in an environment that is often hostile to the creative process. Lind plays a once-successful Israeli poet who, for some

unknown reason, cannot find the inspiration to continue writing. Several possibilities are suggested as the cause of Lind's "silence," including the Yom Kippur War that left his brother blind and the long sickness and death of his wife, who became virtually bedridden after giving birth to a

half-wit son late in life. Lind's excuse for not writing is that he must take care of his son. While Lind claims his son is only mildly retarded, others believe the boy should be sent to a home. For the most part, THE POET'S SILENCE concentrates on the relationship between the boy (played by Kedem

as a young child) and his father. It is through that relationship that Lilienthal explores the nature of creativity, and his efforts are ably boosted by a fine performance from Lind.

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  • Released: 1986
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: Peter Lilienthal has been one of Germany's most prominent and consistent directors, with several major awards to his credit (including the 1979 Berlin Film Festival's Golden Bear for DAVID). Despite this, his films have remained virtually unseen outside of… (more)

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