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  • Language: English, French, Latin
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000OYNVOY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,024 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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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 Gröning 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. Gröning, 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!

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Petrus on April 22 2011
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This movie is about the life of a group of monks,who dedicated their lives to prayer and work. It will appeal to those who already have faith and those who are searching.Beautiful silent cinematography interspersed with gregorian chant invites us into the spiritual domain of human life.It was a welcome break from the noise of everyday life. If you like it, I would recommend another movie: " of Gods and Men" that recently won a top prize in Cannes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hans G. Schulte-albert TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 29 2011
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I watched this film and it is amazing to see how these monks of the Carthusian order live. It is beautifully filmed and rather a strange experience. These men live in complete silence - except for praising God in chant. It is a sincere and interesting look into the contemplative life.
I'm a lay Carmelite and I think it has a lot to say to us who live in the west.
You can't watch this film in one sitting. It's pretty long. But I must reflect that it is truly a blessing to sit and watch when you have some time and just want to be quiet. Here are men, in the French Alps who live a life of union in this rare look into a remote order of the church which I've only heard of.
People who are superficial will not see the beauty of this film and say it's boring. You have to watch it and just appreciate the extreme devotion and prayerfulness of these holy monks. It is a rare glimpse into their lives and their hearts.
The one thing that really is amazing about this film is when the monks chant. WOW. It sounds like heaven -- like nothing I've heard on this earth. I really like the tranquility and holy silence of this film. It makes me appreciate the quietness of life itself.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Arthur Schmidt on Aug. 4 2007
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An extraordinary journey into the life and experience of monastic solitude and reflection. A profound visual and aural meditation upon divinity, reality, and the search for God.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on Oct. 8 2011
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This film gives a beautiful picture of the reality of life in this monastery. Highly recommended to anyone who simply admires and wants to have better understanding of monastic life. There is a wonderful interview of an old and blind monk. He shows he is not cut off from the rest of the world but has very good understanding of it. Essentially he says that if the modern world is so interested in eliminating god from life then there remains the question: without god then what is the reason for living life at all?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By el2012 on Nov. 6 2013
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I have never fallen in love with a film until now. There is a passion that is revealed through this film that is unlike any other. There are very few words were spoken and yet it is a love story - the story of holy souls seeking to be at one with God, and God coming to meet them in person.

My favorite movie of all time!
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