The Silence

  • 1963
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

Bergman's final film in his trilogy about faith (following THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY and WINTER LIGHT) is typical of his film style: stark, mystic, and loaded with and symbolism. Thulin is a lesbian intellectual who is strongly attracted to her younger sister, Lindblom, the sexually active mother of the ten-year-old Lindstrom. As the three are traveling home...read more

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Bergman's final film in his trilogy about faith (following THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY and WINTER LIGHT) is typical of his film style: stark, mystic, and loaded with and symbolism. Thulin is a lesbian intellectual who is strongly attracted to her younger sister, Lindblom, the sexually active

mother of the ten-year-old Lindstrom. As the three are traveling home to Sweden, they are forced to stop in an unnamed country because of Thulin's tuberculosis. While Thulin gets drunk in her hotel room and masturbates, her sister wanders through the foreign city, spies a couple making love, and

finds a companion in the hotel waiter. In the meantime, Lindstrom meets a troupe of midgets staying in the hotel, who dress him in women's clothing. Like so many of Bergman's films, this work wanders between the pretentious and the profound. The miniscule dialog and absence of music leave much of

the work to the actors, who do a fine job projecting the drama inherent in the story. As in THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY and WINTER LIGHT, the overriding question in this film has to do with God's existence, although here the ways of the spirit are contrasted with the ways of the flesh. The

videocassette is available in both dubbed and subtitled versions.

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