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The Silence (1963)

Tystnaden (original title)
R | | Drama | 3 February 1964 (USA)
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 hotel in a small town called Timoka.

Director:

Ingmar Bergman

Writer:

Ingmar Bergman
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ingrid Thulin ... Ester
Gunnel Lindblom ... Anna
Jörgen Lindström ... Johan
Håkan Jahnberg Håkan Jahnberg ... The Hotel Steward
Birger Malmsten ... The Waiter
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Storyline

"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 <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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Country:

Sweden

Language:

Swedish | English | German | French | Spanish

Release Date:

3 February 1964 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,936
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Sound Mix:

Mono (AGA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Ingmar Bergman's son, Ingmar Bergman Jr. (born 1951), was offered the part of "Johan". Ingmar Jr. refused to accept when he understood that he had to urinate in one scene of the film. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Johan: [points to a sign] What does that mean?
Ester: I don't know.
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Alternate Versions

According to a "Playboy" magazine interview with Ingmar Bergman conducted in 1964, "almost two minutes" were removed from the film's "erotic scenes" for its US release. See more »

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Amazing, but not entertaining
21 September 2004 | by thomasandrussellSee all my reviews

I am neither an expert on Bergman, nor on film, so I refer you to the many thoughtful reviews others have written; but reconsider the comments that "nothing happens in this film." Yes, it does seem much longer than 95 minutes, but only because it is so dense, because so much happens. Each look, each word carries emotions and meanings that require interpretation and re-interpretation. This is not a fun movie. We watch a woman die--slowly--and her relationship with her sister fester. Whatever the women try to say, they seem not to be able to say what they mean, or not to be able to mean anything. The son/nephew meanwhile wanders the halls of their hotel alone, somehow beyond or below any communication. There is indeed little action, aside from the sexual forays that serve to exacerbate rather than relieve the tension.

This is a desolate film, and no redemption from the loneliness of death and individuality may be possible other than the consciousness of the beauty of that desolation. But it is beautiful.


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