16 March 2007

The Carthusians Cometh.


For some months now, I have been looking forward to seeing the documentary film, Into Great Silence. Fr. Neuhaus was able to see it last week in New York, and liked it:

It is nearly three hours of nearly silent filming of the life of the monks at Grand Chartreuse, the Carthusian monastery founded by St. Bruno in 1084 in the Swiss Alps near Grenoble. The film was a big hit in Europe but is showing here in only one theater, the Film Forum over on West Houston (For non-New Yorkers, that’s Howston.) It was scheduled for a week, then held over for another week, and is now held over indefinitely. The lines to get in are long and steady, and let’s hope theater owners elsewhere will recognize its potential. I understand it will be out in DVD in a few months, but this is something that should, if possible, be seen in the theater.

The packed house was almost preternaturally silent as people were caught up into a way of life radically directed to the transcendent, to God. For me, the film made a deep and, I expect, lasting impression. If you have the opportunity, I suggest you not miss it.

From here.
Here's the trailer.
I read somewhere that the film is finally coming to Nashville - at the Belcourt, for a week in May - but now I can't find that info.
Also, again I recommend this wonderful account of Carthusian life, An Infinity of Little Hours.
 

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