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The Silence

1963 Ingmar Bergman film

The Silence

Released 1963 (59 years, 6 months ago)

Director Ingmar Bergman
Duration 95 minutes
Genre drama film
Composer Ivan Renliden
Country of origin Sweden
Screenwriter Ingmar Bergman
Producer Allan Ekelund

About The Silence

The Silence, directed by Ingmar Bergman, is a haunting and introspective film that explores the complexities of human relationships and the power of silence. Set in an unnamed European city, the film follows two sisters, Ester and Anna, as they travel to the city for medical treatment. Along the way, they encounter a young boy who becomes a catalyst for their own emotional turmoil and unresolved issues.

Bergman's masterful direction and stark cinematography create a sense of unease and tension throughout the film, as the characters struggle to communicate and connect with one another. The use of silence as a tool for conveying emotion and meaning is particularly effective, highlighting the power of nonverbal communication and the limitations of language.

The Silence was met with controversy upon its release, with some critics accusing Bergman of being overly bleak and nihilistic in his portrayal of human relationships. However, the film has since been recognized as a masterpiece of cinema, with its themes of isolation, alienation, and the search for meaning resonating with audiences to this day.


- Ebert, R. (1999, May 28). The Silence.

- Kehr, D. (2014, October 30). Review: Ingmar Bergman's 'The Silence,' a Masterpiece of Alienation. The New York Times.

- The Silence (1963). Criterion Collection.

Cast and crew

Cast and crew listed below. See if you can find out who is who from the stats below.


89 years, 2 months,


70 years, 2 months, 11 days

Born first

23 December 1920

Died first

15 February 1991

Born last

19 May 1951

Died last

24 January 2021

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