Into Great Silence

Into Great Silence

The Monks of La Grande Chartreuse
Director: Philip Gröning Cast: The Monks of La Grande Chartreuse
Philip Gröning




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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Product Details

Release Date: 10/23/2007
UPC: 0795975109437
Original Release: 2005
Rating: NR
Source: Zeitgeist Films
Region Code: 1
Time: 2:42:00

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

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Monks of La Grande Chartreuse Participant

Technical Credits
Philip Gröning Director,Score Composer,Cinematographer,Editor,Executive 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

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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