Into Great Silence ()

directed by Philip Gröning
featuring The Monks of La Grande Chartreuse

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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 ...


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Dec 23, 2011

How do they do that?

This may be my favorite movie of all time. While it is almost wordless, the serenity of the atmosphere is palpable.
I shiver when the blizzard blows; and laugh with the novices sliding down snow-covered slopes and giggling as they run into each other. I have watched it so often that I feel I know some of the monks personally-- the Spaniard, the Dutchman, the French. Listening to the Latin and French services reminds me that there are many in this world who do not speak nor care about anything American. More of my countrymen should view this movie.

Michael P

Jun 30, 2011

Wonderful Blending of Film Art and Monastic Ideals

"Into Great Silence" is a beautiful film that perfectly captures the rough purity of the Carthusian Order, the most primitive and uncompromising monastic Order in the Roman Catholic Church. The film forces the viewer out of their life "in the world" to experience a sense of the monks' lives in the great monastery of La Grand Chartreuse, the mother house of the Carthusian Order, founded by St. Bruno in the 11th century.

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