Into Great Silence (Two-Disc Set)
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DISC ONE, THE FILM:
Breathtaking 16:9 anamorphic transfer, created from Hi-Def elements
U.S. theatrical trailer
Optional English subtitles
DISC TWO, THE EXTRAS:
The Making of Into Great Silence : With behind-the-scenes footage,
location photos and handwritten notes from the monks
Additional scenes, including a segment on the preparation of the
Carthusian s world-famous Chartreuse liqueur
The Carthusian Order : An informative guide to the rules, architecture, and
daily schedules of the monks and the monasteries
Extensive photo, poster, and press kit galleries
"The silence captured in this documentary -- a meditative look at life in the Carthusian monastery of the Grande Chartreuse in the French Alps -- may be the most eloquent you'll ever hear. " --San Francisco Chronicle - Walter Addiego
I hesitate, given the early date and the project's modesty, to call Into Great Silence one of the best films of the year. I prefer to think of it as the antidote to all of the others. --A.O. Scott - New York Times
Top Customer Reviews
This is cinema at its purest and most exalted. It is hard to place into words a film, which is wrought in silence. For 162-minutes you will be allowed a glimpse of the ascetic strictness of the monks. I do not see this as a documentary, but an immersion into an entire way of life that will have no voiceovers or explanations. Just a small part of our time spent in transcendent meditation on the human pursuit of meaning, on man as a religious and social creature, on the form and function of symbols, ritual and traditions. And on the rhythms of work and prayer, night and day, winter and spring.
It is a beautiful film where everyone will take away something different and hopefully fulfilling. The film will not allow you to enter the world of the monks, but to just view it from the outside. You will see the day-to-day activities from season to season and be able to form your own opinions and conclusions. Many may at first experience impatience at the repetitions and variations encountered, but allow yourself time to adjust to the contemplative pace. And be witness to the ordinary moments that taken together are a representation of grace.
The Carthusian monks who are the subjects of this documentary do not have a great deal to say.Read more ›
I went to see it again last month in Santa Monica, California.
It is to a Documentary like this that people will view over and over and ask themselves the question of: "Why"? The life of a Carthusian Monk is so far removed from our life in the World and we ask ourselves why one is drawn to become a Carthusian Monk.
There is no religious order that takes a VOW OF SILENCE. This was a common belief of the Trappists (Cistercians). As with the Trappists of old, Carthusians simply 'OBSERVE' Silence and eventually desire it.
From the Solemn Investiture of Novices into the Charterhouse of Le Grande Chartreuse; watching Monks getting a hair-cut; the tailor-monk making new habits; the simple act of eating one's meal alone in cell; the Solemn, repetitive chanting of the "BENEDICITE" from the Psalms in a darkened, candlite Church; to Monks enjoying their once-a-week outing on the snow slopes of the French Alps.......all these acts draw us inward and overwhelm our senses and give us a sense and portion of what it is like to be a member of the Strictest Order within Roman Catholicism.
If viewers are interested in further knowledge of the Carthusian Life, they might want to get Nancy Klein Maguire's book: "AN INFINITY OF LITTLE HOURS". Dr. Maguire takes us to St. Hugh's Charterhouse, Parkminister, U.K. and follows 5 young men from 1960 as they enter this Charterhouse to follow their desire to become a Carthusian Monk.
Dr. Maguire's book is a magnificent companion to "INTO GREAT SILENCE'
It is a book that I have read and re-read many times and have not been moved so much since, except when I first read Thomas Merton's Autobiography - "SEVEN STOREY MOUNTAIN".
Buy the DVD! (Into Great Silence)
Buy the BOOK! (An Infinity of Little Hours)
YOU WILL BE DOUBLY BLESSED!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One star for Amazon...not the doc. Why must we "subscribe" to different things to watch/rent a movie on your site??? This is extremely frustrating to say the least.Published 24 days ago by mela
I consider myself a good judge of quality film making and storytelling and this film is high up on my list of modern masterpieces. Read morePublished 1 month ago by PetiteChefInHighHeels
Beautiful documentary. Invites the viewer into the place of silence and a profound appreciation of the beauty of life in God.Published 2 months ago by Rachel M. Busch
A meditative masterpiece one can return to again and again when life gets too hectic and complicated. Visually and structurally brilliant.Published 4 months ago by Tom V. V. Tammi
This was an excellent film I highly recommend. You can read my full review here: http://themodernmonk.net/2016/01/into-great-silence-review/Published 4 months ago by Mark G
I love this video. It is great to watch and just relax. The lives of the monks are fascinating.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I love this film. I actually watch it over and over again at times, because it makes you feel like you're there. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Marilynn Hughes
This is a different kind of DVD. It explains to the viewer in images, much less than in words. There are in fact few words in this DVD that goes beyond two hours. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Fr. Robert Wheelock
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