DIRECTED BY: I. BERGMAN (Tystnaden, Sweden, 1963, 96 min)
Openly portrayed sexuality, suppressed desire and the inability to communicate in a dark opus about “God’s silence”. Bergman’s account of coming to terms with the question of faith.
screenplay and directed by Ingmar Bergman
director of photography Sven Nykvist
edited by Ulla Ryghe
cast Ingrid Thulin, Gunnel Lindblom, Jörgen Lindström and others.
A film disturbing in its day with its openly depicted sexuality and today, a superb drama using a theatre-like narrative in its simple concept: three characters stranded in a hotel in a fictitious Slavic country trying to resist the seclusion caused by the language barrier as well as the gradual estrangement of their characters. A film that inspired David Lynch’s famous Lilliputian scenes and characters afflicted by voyeurism. The desolation of the tongue and soul; all communication ends in the unrelenting silence.