Dir. Ingmar Bergman. 1963, 96 mins. 35mm. With Ingrid Thulin, Gunnel Lindblom, Birger Malmsten. Two sisters (one with a child) travelling through a strange foreign land stop at a mysteriously arid hotel. Tension between the sisters intensifies, while the boy roams the empty hallways. Themes of lust and loneliness emerge. Bergman admirer Woody Allen wrote in a The New York Times tribute after the Swedish director’s death, “His films that took some figuring out were well worth the effort. For example, when you grasp that both women in The Silence are really only two warring aspects of one woman, the otherwise enigmatic film opens up spellbindingly.”
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