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With: Ingrid Thulin, Gunnel Lindblom, Jorgen Lindstrom, Birger Malmsten, Håkan Jahnberg
Written by: Ingmar Bergman
Directed by: Ingmar Bergman
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Language: Swedish with English subtitles
Running Time: 96
Date: 23/09/1963
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The Silence (1963)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Sister Twister

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

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The Silence explores the tensions between two grown sisters, one intellectual and sickly (Ingrid Thulin), the other sensual and alive (Gunnel Lindblom). During an unexpected stopover on a trip, the two sisters try to pass the time while vying for the attention of the latter's son (Jorgen Lindstrom). This third film in the Criterion box set gets the most intertwined with its subjects and comes out the most uncomfortably truthful. One question: why all the dwarves?

DVD Details: For this Ingmar Bergman box set, the Criterion Collection has gorgeously restored this and two other black-and-white films (Through a Glass Darkly and Winter Light) in their full-screen aspect ratios. The set includes a fourth disc: a made-for-television documentary following the making of Winter Light. Critic/biographer Peter Cowie also provides plenty of information and insight into the trilogy.

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