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19 January 2007


Silence and patience - preview

Susie Paskins reviews a new film which shows the importance of silence to our spiritual lives

Die Große Stille (Into Great Silence) is an extraordinary film
  • The filmmaker, Philip Gröning, waited fifteen years for permission to film inside the Carthusian monastery of La Grande Chartreuse in the French Alps
  • Finally the monks gave permission on condition that there was no voice-over, and that music and artificial lighting were not used
  • Philip Gröning lived in a tiny cell for six months, observing and filming the daily rituals of the monks
  • He presents the results to us without commentary and so every viewer will take something different from the film

  • Susie Paskins

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