The Silence The Silence
  • Sweden
  • 1963
  • 95 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • Swedish
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  • Spine #211

Two sisters—the sickly, intellectual Ester (Ingrid Thulin) and the sensual, pragmatic Anna (Gunnel Lindblom)—travel by train with Anna’s young son Johan (Jorgen Lindstrom) to a foreign country seemingly on the brink of war. Attempting to cope with their alien surroundings, the sisters resort to their personal vices while vying for Johan’s affection, and in so doing sabotage any hope for a future together. Regarded as one of the most sexually provocative films of its day, Ingmar Bergman’s The Silence offers a brilliant, disturbing vision of emotional isolation in a suffocating spiritual void.

Disc Features

  • New high-definition digital transfer
  • Exploring the film: Video discussion with Ingmar Bergman biographer Peter Cowie
  • Poster gallery for the trilogy films
  • Essay by film scholar Leo Braudy
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Optional English-dubbed soundtrack
  • New and improved English subtitle translation

Film Essays

The Silence

By Leo Braudy August 18, 2003

Two women, Anna and Ester, accompanied by Johan, Anna’s ten-year-old-son, travel slowly through the night by train into a foreign country that seems to be at war. They are sisters, it will turn . . . Read more »

News

Bergman Goes Hollywood

September 08, 2010

Soon, American Bergman-ophiles will be granted a special peek into the process of one of cinema’s great artists. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will host the Los Angeles world . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Silence

By Leo Braudy August 18, 2003

Two women, Anna and Ester, accompanied by Johan, Anna’s ten-year-old-son, travel slowly through the night by train into a foreign country that seems to be at war. They are sisters, it will turn . . . Read more »