Great Silence” documents the events in the life of monks who live in a Carthusian monastery. The DVD I own has two disks, with the second disk containing a statement by a Italian Cardinal, (that is an added attraction and certainly worth the price of admission). There are other interesting commentaries on the second disk. Regarding the film, which is on the first disk, I found this a powerful film.
In response to Father R., I wrote in my public email:
“Dear Father R.
I like what you say about the film, for it is so apparent and yet not noticed as you’ve said: The mysterious God. That’s part of the mystery. Thanks for the surprising observation.
The photography (cinematography) is excellent, so artistic and spare, adding to the silence and simplicity. The director captures the pace of life in the monastery effectively. It helps in