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Into Great Silence (2 Disc Collector's Edition)  [DVD]
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Into Great Silence is a very strict, next to silent meditation on monastic life in a very pure form. No music except the chants in the monastery, no interviews, no commentaries, no extra material. Changing of time, seasons, and the ever repeated elements of the day, of the prayer. A film to become a monastery, rather than depict one. A film on awareness, absolute presence, and the life of men who devoted their lifetimes to God in the purest of form. Contemplation. An object in time. Into Great Silence is the first film ever about life inside the Grande Chartreuse, the mother house of the legendary Carthusian Order in the French Alps. From the director of the award-winning 'L'amour, l'argent, l'amour' and 'The Terrorists'.
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A bio-pic of a religious hero or founder may (or may not) make a good film, but at least it's a narrative, and as viewers we are comfortable with narrative, have standards against which we can judge the effectiveness of the storytelling &c. Groening avoids this by looking at the lives of the Carthusian monks in terms of their aesthetic.Read more ›
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 ›
Any monastery exists around a 'Rule' of discipline, designed to still the Mind, and open the heart. The Rules are generaly very strict, so as to 'limit' one's participation in the world of chaotic emotion, turbulent desire. When the emotions are 'stilled', they then may be transformed into the Love of God, a direct and personal contact that is beyond description, but a product of discipline on the physical level.
The monastery setting, is a holy place to commune with the divine that lies at the heart of humanity. The extraordinary feat of the producer of this film, is that he managed to remain virtually 'hidden' in the monastery, whilst filming all that occured within his range of perception. One feels the sheer dedication and holy silence that permeates the stone hallways and monastic cells.
This s not a film to stimulate the senses, but rather to take one beyond the senses, and at least, as a viewer, allow for the possibility that there maybe more to life than is generally observed by the senses. A divine presence behind the material play of the world.
By performing a daily ritual of prayer, meditation, contemplation and Gregorian Chant, the monks strive to purify their inner beings in preparation with the eventual uniting with God. Essence in repetition. We see young postulants entering as novices, and an extremely old monk, enveloped in spiritual rapture, a consequence of a lifetime of service.
This is definitely a film of the spirit, intended for the spirit.
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This film is a superbly sensitive observation of the benefits of silence. It is three hours of visual beauty and can be watched again and again. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Inkstained wretch
Found this film very interesting and gave me an insight into the life.Published 4 months ago by Susan R
Excellent service. However, I returned it as I had already seen it at a friend's place. Amazing, beautiful, thought-provoking piece which stays persistently in my mind. SHPublished 10 months ago by hhrlsa
Fascinating insight into monastic life - very calm and meditativePublished 11 months ago by D. J. Favager