What a great film. I have nothing important to say about it. Although I do question if he should have used that fade-out at 49:55. That would be my only issue. :) Some of the same themes and emotional resonance will later re-emerge in Tarkovsky’s Sacrifice (1986) (1:04 in The Silence), and Bergman’s own Cries and Whispers (1972) (1:16 in The Silence), for that matter. Of course, 1:27 in The Silence is basically taken directly from Bresson’s Diary of a Country Priest, which for all I know was from somewhere else. And so it goes. Do not attempt to watch this if you do not have “your shit” together. And I might even recommend a daytime viewing.

P.S. This review is basically just a bit of archeology. Is that worth it?

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