Many of Bergman's themes are to be found here: the failure to communicate, isolation, an obsession with sex. The film created something of a scandal at the time for its so-called erotic scenes which, while staged in a deliberately unglamorous and unerotic way, were still savagely attacked by the Australian censors.
Presented in association with Sydney Film Festival and National Film and Sound Archive of Australia
The Silence (Tystnaden)
Seasons & Screenings
14 Jun + 21 Jun
In 1961, Bergman commenced an unofficial trilogy in which he explored man's relationship to God: Through a Glass Darkly, Winter Light and The Silence. Each film is completely self-contained.
In The Silence, the sickly Ester (Ingrid Thulin), her sister Anna (Gunnel Lindblom) and Anna's young son (Jörgen Lindström) are travelling home to Sweden by train through what appears to be a Communist country. They break their journey in a small, sinister town, and stay in a vast, ornate, almost empty hotel.