- 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
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- Studio: Zeitgeist Films
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- ASIN: B000OYNVOY
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,627 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
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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 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!
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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.
My favorite movie of all time!
Viewers may gradually sense that the walls that surround the Grande Chartreuse are not so much like the confining walls of a prison; paradoxically, it seems that people living within these walls are truly free, and it is we outside that are more like prisoners.
There's something wonderful about the stillness, austerity, and complete sense of purpose shown in this way of life; the humble, well-worn and patched robes of the Monks seem somehow to be far more dignified than the finest clothes of a wealthy man. To speak of wealth in those 'outer' terms!
Worth checking out if you'd like to experience a hint of something great and profound.