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« Moxie or Bravado? | Main | The Proof is in the Pudding »

June 28, 2007

Just Shut Up!

What do you call a nearly-three hour long film with no dialog and no narrative structure to speak of? "Something of an international underground hit." I'm referring to Into Great Silence, the subject of my latest piece at Boundless.

In 1984, German filmmaker Philip Gröning contacted the Carthusian order, whose motto is "Stat crux dum volvitur orbis" (the cross stands while the world turns), asking for permission to make a documentary about the order and its great charterhouse in Chartreuse in the French Alps. The order replied that it would get back to him when the time was right.

Sixteen years later, it got back to him.

The end result was worth the wait.

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