Into Great Silence [DVD] [2005]

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Overview

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

Synopsis

Into Great Silence
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. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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