Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The Silence

It is easy to see why Bergman may be considered one of the greatest directors to have ever lived. The Silence is a brilliant film of symbolism and suggestion. The dialogue is minimal, at best. The characters speak through body language mostly. They travel through life trying to understand themselves as seen through the eyes of another.

The Silence most likely inspired three great filmmakers and their films. First, Stanley Kubrick. The way the hotel is filmed in this film mirrors that of Kubrick's The Shining. Secondly, David Lynch. The way Bergman blends sexuality and surrealism easily played a role in Eraserhead and/or Mulholland Drive. Finally, Robert Altman. Altman's 3 Women is based on a dream as is Bergman's The Silence.

The answers to this film aren't easy to find. If they even exist at all. It has been argued the film is not meant to having meaning. But, as viewers we seek to force meaning into film as we do with life. The film focuses on the absence of a god, of spirituality, etc. The world run by our own morals.

The film is beautifully shot. Each scene glows with so much color despite being strictly black and white. The acting is superb. It can't be easy to pull off so much emotion and pain with so few words. Bergman's greatest film experience.


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