"Into Great Silence"


#1

Has anyone seen this documentary movie? :slight_smile: Is it good? If you’ve seen it… may I ask where? Is it available in video rental stores, lol… or do you have to order it, etc?

I just think it would be an interesting movie to see…

thanks :slight_smile:


#2

I watched in on EWTN. I searched and found this, when I clicked on it, it opened for download. It may be just a preview, I really don’t know.

[XLS] July Advance

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www.ewtn.com/tv/download_satellites/downloads/3/2008_Oct_NA_Advance.xls

The New York Times gives a pretty good review.
video.nytimes.com/video/2007/03/01/movies/1194817106409/movie-minutes-into-great-silence.html

It looks like you can get it here
movies.yahoo.com/movie/1809424786/info

I liked it all, but I really enjoyed their getting out and sking, it was rather funny, they reminded me of little kids getting outside playing in the snow. I think it showed how even through our work and suffereing we are called to see God’s beauty abounding around us - and enjoy it too.


#3

I have this video. I have watched it numerous times. It actually helps me pray and meditate as I watch it. I think during the entire film there are fewer than a dozen lines of dialog past the initial introduction.

The first viewing is informational. After that, it is meditative. I actually use this film as part of my E5 meditation the first Wednesday of each month.


#4

I saw it in a dark, nearly empty theatre. It was absolutely magical in that setting. I don’t think it would be quite as effective seeing it at home, especially in the daylight. So if you want to see it, find a dark, quiet time and watch without interruptions. It’s like a short retreat. You can hear snow fall.

Betsy


#5

I saw it on EWTN. I would love to see it again, as I think it is a documentary that you would pick up something new each time you saw it, and give you something to think about. The silence spoke loudly, if you know what I mean.


#6

It’s gorgeous - highly recommended. I don’t know how easy it would be to obtain a video or DVD though.


#7

I’ve seen it on Amazon. No problem.

Betsy


#8

I saw it in the theater and it was wonderful in the dark and on a large screen. It was like a short retreat or reflection time. If you’re watching it at home I would definitely plan to set aside the time to watch it in one sitting so you don’t break the flow.


#9

Hi Monica :wave: Yep, I have it too! I got mine through Ignatius Press. I have watched it several times and have found it to be almost a contemplation. It’s unlike anything else you will see… on TV, or dvd.

There is even a special “extended” version of the monks nighttime prayer… complete with chanting and readings. It’s absolutely sublime (in my humble opinion).

It’s a very peaceful, “settling” experience. Not only for the prayer lives of the monks, but also for the surrounding scenery. I wish that there was a similar one… of the lives of a community of cloistered sisters. Which I’m sure would be especially beneficial to us ladies!

Hope you get “Into Great Silence”. It’s well worth the cost. God bless.


#10

My RCIA teacher was one who brought this film up during class. We always had a Catholic movie of the week. I saw this film on Netflix, and was able to watch it on-line. I entered into the church this Easter, and this film had a profound impact on my journey. The way the film is shot and produced is amazing, and it took a long time to complete. I think about this film a lot and how I wish that I could be as devout and peaceful as these monks. I know that Netflix does a free trial, go get the film. It is long but worth every second. God Bless


#11

It is a wonderful documentary. My dh & I truly enjoyed it. It will be shown again on EWTN this summer, June or July. Does your Church have the EWTN schedules available? If not, maybe you can be a Media Missionary for your parish and get schedules to put in your pamphlet rack.

Peace,
Linda


#12

thanks!! :slight_smile: I think I’ll order it from chapters.com :slight_smile: I want to see this movie… it sounds really good!


#13

there are Carthusian nuns!


#14

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