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Movies: Ingmar Bergman’s “The Silence”

Sept. 23, 1963 - Opening today is “The Silence,” a Swedish drama film written and directed by Ingmar Bergman and starring Ingrid Thulin (right) and Gunnel Lindblom (left). The plot focuses on two sisters, the younger a sensuous woman with a young son (Jörgen Lindström, center), the elder more intellectually oriented and seriously ill, and their tense relationship as they travel toward home through a fictional Central European country on the brink of war. The film is the third in a series of thematically related films, following “Through a Glass Darkly” (1961) and “Winter Light.” After World War II, director Ingmar Bergman had visited numerous cities in other countries in Europe. He based the design of “The Silence” on what he had seen in these travels, in particular in Hamburg, Germany in 1946, after it had been virtually destroyed by Allied bombs.


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