Into Great Silence

2012, Religion  -  11 min Leave a Comment
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In this contemplative documentary from filmmaker Philip Gröning, the Grande Chartreuse monastery opens its doors to the public for the first time since being founded by St. Bruno in 1084 to offer an intimate look at a lifestyle rarely experienced by those outside of the brotherhood. Located in the remote regions of the French Alps, near the Dauphiné Alps, the Grande Chartreuse is the top monastery of the Carthusian order.

In this documentary, the lives of the pious monks of Grande Chartreuse are captured on film as director Groening adapts to their ascetic lifestyle for six months and captures their daily life without the intrusion of voice-over, musical score, interviews, or archival footage.

Features: U.S. theatrical trailer; Making-of Dossier, including behind-the-scenes footage, location photos, the shooting diary and handwritten notes from the monks; Additional scenes, including a segment on the preparation of the Carthusian†s world-famous Chartreuse liqueur; "Night Office" (53 minutes); "The Carthusian Order" - An extensive guide to the rules, architecture, paintings and daily schedules of the monks and the monasteries worldwide; Extensive audio and photo galleries.