Nestled deep in the postcard-perfect French Alps, the Grande Chartreuse is considered one of the world's most ascetic monasteries. In 1984, German filmmaker Philip Groning wrote to the Carthusian order for permission to make a documentary about them. They said they would get back to him. Sixteen years later, they were ready. Groning, sans crew or artificial lighting, lived in the monk's quarters for six months - filling their daily prayers, tasks, rituals and rare outdoor excursions. This transcendent, closely observed film seeks to embody a monastery, rather than simply depict one - it has no score, no voiceover and no archival footage. What remains is stunningly elemental: time, space and light. One of the moist mesmerizing and poetic chronicle of spirituality ever created, Into Great Silence dissolves the border between screen and audience with a total immersion into the hush of monastic life. More meditation than documentary, it's a rare, transformative experience for all. This director's two-disc special edition includes: Disc One, The Film: 1) Breathtaking 16:9 anamorphic transfer created from hi-def elements, 2) U.S. theatrical trailer, 3) Optional English subtitles, 4) Doubly Digital 5.1 soundtrack. Disc Two, Special Features: 1) One hour of additional scenes, including a piece on the Carthusian's world famous Charteuse liqueur. 2) Night office: A 53 minute video excerpt of the monk's nightly ritual of psalms, laudes and matins. 3) Stunning audio and photo galleries of the Grande Chartreuse. 4) Video statement by Cardinal Poupare, President of the Pontifical Council for Culture at the Vatican. 5) Making-of dossier, with the shooting diary, behind-the-scenes footage and handwritten notes from the monks.
Media ID: 61315
Length: 192 Min.
Publisher: Ignatius Press
Level: SH-A

Grade Levels: EC=Early Childhood; P=Primary; I=Intermediate; JH=Junior High; SH=Senior High; A=Adult