Into Great Silence

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Overview

In this contemplative documentary from filmmaker Philip Gröning, the Grande Chartreuse monastery opens its doors to the public for the first time since being founded by St. Bruno in 1084 to offer an intimate look at a lifestyle rarely experienced by those outside of the brotherhood. Located in the remote regions of the French Alps, near the Dauphiné Alps, the Grande Chartreuse is the top monastery of the Carthusian order. In this documentary, the lives of the pious monks of Grande Chartreuse are captured on film ...
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Overview

In this contemplative documentary from filmmaker Philip Gröning, the Grande Chartreuse monastery opens its doors to the public for the first time since being founded by St. Bruno in 1084 to offer an intimate look at a lifestyle rarely experienced by those outside of the brotherhood. Located in the remote regions of the French Alps, near the Dauphiné Alps, the Grande Chartreuse is the top monastery of the Carthusian order. In this documentary, the lives of the pious monks of Grande Chartreuse are captured on film as director Groening adapts to their ascetic lifestyle for six months and captures their daily life without the intrusion of voice-over, musical score, interviews, or archival footage.
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Special Features

Breathtaking 16:9 anamorphic transfer, created from hi-def elements; U.S. theatrical trailer; Optional English subtitles; Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack; One hour of additional scenes, including a piece of the Carthusian's world-famous Chartreuse liqueur; Night Office: a 53-minute video excerpt of the monks' nightly ritual of psalms, laudes and matins; The Carthusians: an extensive guide to the history, rules, architecture and paintings of the monasteries worldwide; Stunning audio and photo galleries of the Grande Chartreuse; Video statement by Cardinal Poupard, President of the Pontifical Council for Culture at the Vatican; Making-of dossier, with the shooting diary, behind-the-scenes footage and handwritten notes from the monks
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/23/2007
  • UPC: 795975109437
  • Original Release: 2005
  • Rating:

  • Source: Zeitgeist Films
  • Region Code: 1
  • Language: Français
  • Time: 2:42:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 11,424

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
The Monks of La Grande Chartreuse Participant
Technical Credits
Philip Gröning Director, Score Composer, Cinematographer, Editor, Executive Producer, Producer, Screenwriter
Kerstin Ameskamp Production Manager
Jutta Doberstein Production Manager
Frank Evers Co-producer
Jana Götze Production Manager
Elda Guidinetti Producer
Michael Hinreier Sound Editor, Sound/Sound Designer
Benedict Just Sound Editor, Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Kranz Sound Mixer, Sound/Sound Designer
Andres Pfaffli Producer
Ben Rosenkind Sound Mixer
Jörg Schulze Executive Producer
Max Jonathan Silberstein Sound Editor, Sound/Sound Designer
Claudia Voigt Production Manager
Michael Weber Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Into Great Silence - The Film
1. Frozen Morning [10:01]
2. New Robe [5:26]
3. "Nocturno" [5:24]
4. Assimilation [12:24]
5. Meal [8:59]
6. Cats [5:17]
7. Spring [11:28]
8. Fire Wood [6:45]
9. Prayer [7:16]
10. Dinner [6:23]
11. Afternoon Stroll [11:43]
12. Creek [9:47]
13. Herds [3:13]
14. Haircut [9:41]
15. Procession [10:42]
16. Rain [6:29]
17. "Benedícite" [5:44]
18. Silence [6:28]
19. Sledding [7:02]
20. Speaking of God [5:30]
21. "A Gentle Whisper" [3:32]
22. End Credits [2:34]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Into Great Silence - The Film
   Play the Movie
   Chapters
   Subtitles
      English: On
      English: Off
   U.S. Trailer
Disc #2 -- Into Great Silence - Special Features
   Night Office
      Play
         Dolby Digital 5.1
         Dolby Digital 2.0
   Galleries
      Audio Gallery
         Audio Gallery
            Dolby Digital 5.1
            Dolby Digital 2.0
         January: Bringing Water to the Cells, After Night Office
         February: Sanctus and Evening Bells
         March: Snow Melting off the Roofs
         April: Fire in the Stove, in the Cell
         May: Crow Crossing the Valley
         June: Nichtbell in the Great Stairway
         July: Bringing Meals to the Cells
         August: The Rain
         September: The Cows
         October: Silence in the Cell
         November: Thunderstorm
         December: Fire in the Stove
      Photo Gallery
   Additional Scenes
      Making Chartreuse Liqueur
      Preparing the Shaving Cream
      Summer Day of a Novice
      Blind Monk's Interview (Extended Version)
   Making-of Dossier
      Original Concept
      Notes From the Monks
      Cameraman in the Monastery
      Making-of Video
      Shooting Diary
   The Carthusians
      The Order
      Monastery Architecture
         General Information
         Paintings
         By Country
            Argentina, San Jose
            Austria
               Gaming
               Mauerbach
            Belgium
               Bruges
               Brussels
            Brazil, Ivora
            France
               Chartreuse Salette
               Grande Chartreuse
               Portes
               Sylve-Bénite
               Val Sainte Marie
            Germany, Buxheim
            Italy
               Pavia
               San Bruno
            Korea, Sudowon
            Netherlands
               Amsterdam
               Delft
               Kampen
               Nieuport
            Poland, Gdansk
            Spain
               Jerez
               Segorbe
            Switzerland, Valsainte
            UK, Parkminster
            US, Arlington, VT
      Rules of the Order
      Carthusian Daily Routine
      Spread of the Orders
      Statutes of the Orders, Woodcarvings
   Cardinal Poupard Statement
      Play
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    in great silence

    This movie and the accompanying disc are mesmerizing. For those who are into meditation; a interesting approach is presented here.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    A beautiful documentary

    There are very few films that I find engaging and totally contemplative. This is one of them. As an oblate of St. Meinrad Archabbey, I can very much appreciate the value of silence. It is in the silence that God speaks the loudest. This documentary brings that out. Hopefully, through this, others outside the monastery walls will learn the value of silence and will listen in that stillness for the voice of God.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A True Work of Art

    Usually when someone makes an overtly Christian film, what results is propaganda. I don't know why that is, but the concept is flawed and it is a poor use of form. What a religious film should do is recreate the religious experience as much as possible, not browbeat an audience to a theological point of view. Several films infused with pagan sensibilities--such as "Never Cry Wolf"--manage to give the viewer the religious experience without resorting to overt preaching, but most Christian film makers seem struggle to understand the true power of film as an art form. <BR/><BR/>There are exceptions, and this film--along with Babette's Feast--are notable exclusions to that list of failures. This film differs from Babette in being a documentary, but it strives to provide the viewer with a monastic experience in the midst of overwhelming beauty and a stark spirituality. Like Babette's Feast, the film is visually rich and engaging--the work of a master.<BR/><BR/>I cannot recommend a film more highly than I do this one. If you are the sort who is often in a frame of mind to appreciate "sounds of silence" and a tenacious simplicity ruggedly adhered to in an alpine monastery, this film should not be neglected.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Great Peace

    This rare look into the lives of these brothers of faith. The film left me feeling very grounded and peaceful. It was a rest from the noise and action of media and a welcome rest for my spirit.

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