Nestled deep in the postcard-perfect French Alps, the Grande Chartreuse is considered one of the world s most ascetic monasteries. In 1984, German filmmaker Philip GrÃ¶ning wrote to the Carthusian order for permission to make a documentary about them. They said they would get back to him. Sixteen years later, they were ready. GrÃ¶ning, sans crew or artificial lighting, lived in the monks quarters for six months filming their daily prayers, tasks, rituals and rare outdoor excursions. This transcendent, closely observed film seeks to embody a monastery, rather than simply depict one it has no score, no voiceover and no archival footage. What remains is stunningly elemental: time, space and light. One of the most mesmerizing and poetic chronicles of spirituality ever created, INTO GREAT SILENCE dissolves the border between screen and audience with a total immersion into the hush of monastic life. More meditation than documentary, it s a rare, transformative experience for all. DISC ONE, THE FILM: Breathtaking 16:9 anamorphic transfer, created from Hi-Def elements U.S. theatrical trailer Optional English subtitles DISC TWO, THE EXTRAS: The Making of Into Great Silence : With behind-the-scenes footage, location photos and handwritten notes from the monks Additional scenes, including a segment on the preparation of the Carthusian s world-famous Chartreuse liqueur Night Mass The Carthusian Order : An informative guide to the rules, architecture, and daily schedules of the monks and the monasteries Extensive photo, poster, and press kit galleries And more!
Great movie that allows you to actually enter into contemplative silence, i.e., hardly any speaking. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Happy Wanderer
This film is beautiful visually and spiritually. Very little is said; the film follows the daily routine of the Monks: one older monk cuts out habits; they all pray in their... Read morePublished on Aug. 16 2013 by Rae Macdonald
The first time I watched it, I was looking for knowledge or entertainment - like most movies. The second time I watched with my heart and it was very moving and I have watched it... Read morePublished on May 29 2013 by Debbie Kaba
What a unique and excellent view into the lives of those who pray for us without ceasing.
This is also a very good prayer partner.