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Into great silence

(DVD - 2007 - French)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Into great silence


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The Grande Chartreuse, considered one of the world's most ascetic monasteries is based in the French Alps. In 1984, German filmmaker Philip Gröning wrote to the Carthusian order for permission to make a documentary about them. They said they would get back with him. Sixteen years later, they were ready. Gröning, sans crew or artificial lighting, lived in the monks' quarters for six months - filming their daily prayers, tasks, rituals, and rare outdoor excursions.
Title: Into great silence
[videorecording]
Publisher: [New York, N.Y.] :, Zeitgeist Films,, [2007]
Edition: Director's two-disc special ed
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (162 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in
Statement of Responsibility: Bavaria Film International presents a Philip Gröning Film production in co-association with Ventura Film S.A., Bavaria Film GmbH, Cine Plus ; a film by Philip Gröning ; producers, Philip Gröning, Michael Weber, Andres Pfaffli, Elda Guidinetti ; co-producer, Frank Evers ; screenplay, Philip Gröning ; director, Philip Gröning
Notes: Title from container
Originally released as a motion picture in 2005
Special features: Disc one: U.S. theatrical trailer ; Disc two: One hour of additional scenes, including a piece on the Carthusian's world-famous Chartreuse liqueur; "Night office:" a 53-minute video excerpt of the monk's nightly ritual of psalms, laudes and matins; "The Carthusians:" an extensive guide to the history, rules, architecture and paintings of the monasteries worldwide; stunning audio and photo galleries of the Grande Chartreuse; video statement by Cardinal Poupard, President of the Pontifical Council for Culture at the Vatican; making-of-dossier, with the shooting diary, behind-the-scenes footage and handwritten notes from the monks
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Summary: The Grande Chartreuse, considered one of the world's most ascetic monasteries is based in the French Alps. In 1984, German filmmaker Philip Gröning wrote to the Carthusian order for permission to make a documentary about them. They said they would get back with him. Sixteen years later, they were ready. Gröning, sans crew or artificial lighting, lived in the monks' quarters for six months - filming their daily prayers, tasks, rituals, and rare outdoor excursions.
Branch Call Number: DVD 248.8 INTO
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Report This Jul 24, 2012
  • Theodora3 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is about the Carthusian monastery in the French Alps that started in the 1100s. The monks take a life long vow of silence. In our chatty kathy world it is incomprehensible, but it is absolutely fascinating. If you give it a chance. The cinematography Is amazing. If you can bear to slow down like the monks, you will be richly rewarded even if not religiously inclined. It was a bit like living in the 11th century for 2 hours. For those who say why would anyone want to do that, this is NOT the movie for you. For the rest it is a truly unique experience.

Report This Feb 17, 2012
  • markkluk rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

If you're easily bored, seeking dialog or a storyline, don't watch this one. However if you are even a little bit religious, you might be intrigued by this almost artistic depiction of life in a monastery

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