The Silence (1963)
The Silence (1963)
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There is not much dialogue, almost no music, but the sex scenes have vigor and primitive power, to say the least.
Unfortunately, Mr. Bergman has not given us enough to draw on, to find the underlying meaning or emotional satisfaction in this film.
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Ingmar Bergman, 1918-2007
i'll be in the minority in this among bergman fans, but i don't find much about this film i enjoy. the imagery is completely stunning, and the effect of the relative silence of the film has great effect when we get the emotional outburst from anna towards the end, but overall i felt that this film crawled along in anticipation, waiting for that great moment that never really came. the whole thing plays like a private family affair that you're witnessing but never really being let in on, relegated to the fringe and left hoping to figure out the significance of what you're seeing. the silence of the film has a deafening effect that may have been intended, one in which the viewer feels that their ears are ringing and the story takes place on another plane of existence, but this also left a dull effect. whatever, the purpose, the war imagery seemed to play up the boiling over of the sister's relationship, but it all felt a bit trite to me. in the end, an average film.
Last in the "Silent God" trilogy and certainly the most surreal.
A very bleak and slightly claustrophobic look at two sisters traveling home after a holiday with a small boy who we eventually learn is the son / nephew of the two.
Things come to a head when they stop to stay in a hotel for a few days, to allow for the "elder" sister to recover from her "illness" before continuing on with their journey home. Luckily for us, the hotel the have chosen is filled with a very "Lynchian" group of characters.
The sisters realtionship is strained to say the least and as the film progresses we learn the the elders alcoholism is the least of her issues, while the younger seems a bit of a nymphomaniac. All of which is complicated significantly by an underlying hint of incest. And the relationship of the boy between the two, both of whom (in a sense) act as a mother figure to him.
As with all Bergman films, you will either be sucked in immediately to the world he has created and enjoy being a "fly on the wall" or you will find it rather slow, bleak and unintriguing. His films aren't for everyone, but I tend to really enjoy them.
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