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Two Catholic missionaries face the ultimate test of faith when they travel to Japan looking for their missing mentor, at a time when Catholicism was outlawed.
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA : Paramount, [2017]
Branch Call Number: DVD SILENCE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (160 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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Language Note: In English, dubbed French or dubbed Spanish with optional Spanish, English or French subtitles; closed captioned; descriptive audio


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Jan 11, 2019

Martin Scorsese's latest film (as of this writing), based on a novel by Shusaku Endo, is by no means his best or most interesting, but it is his most challenging and demanding, which I guess is something. Set in 17th century Japan, it's about Jesuit missionaries trying to penetrate that country and the persecution they and their acolytes faced. At nearly three hours and entirely free of humor or irony, it's a singularly grueling film experience with dour performances and some brutal scenes of torture (It's not particularly flattering towards the Japanese characters.). Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson, and Adam Driver are good actors, but not very convincing as Portuguese missionaries. It does raise some provocative questions about faith, but doesn't pursue them. The best performance is by Taiwan as Japan and it is a visually striking film. Forms something of a religious trilogy with Scorsese's earlier films, "The Last Temptation of Christ" and "Kundun."

Dec 19, 2018

Extremely long and boring.

Nov 09, 2018

Two Catholic missionaries face the ultimate test of faith when they travel to Japan looking for their missing mentor, at a time when Catholicism was outlawed.
Liam Neeson

Jul 16, 2018

A competent editor might have moved this film from half a star to one star by cutting the running time to 90 minutes.

May 23, 2018

This movie may or may not be historically accurate, however I found it quite boring, longer than it needed to be, with questionable acting from the supporting cast. Can't believe I sat through it all.

May 16, 2018

Not worth the time spent to watch it.BORING!!! Liam Neeson appears in the movie at the end for 5 minutes. Don't waste your time

May 13, 2018

Plodding plotline and gruesome torture scenes of Portuguese priests and their Christian followers meant I was tempted to turn this DVD off part-way through. There's a saving grace note at the very end.

Apr 15, 2018

Three stars for this one. Against what? Good question. Other Scorcese movies? Yes. Tenacity? No question: it took Scorcese DECADES to bring this movie concept to fruition. Entertainment value?

Well, I was entertained by Silence and I'm not easily entertained. I eject a lot of "entertainment" movies less than half an hour after I punch "play." See, it's subjective: what amuses and excites other people, I describe with the word I see in many of the reviews below: "b-o-r-i-n-g." Like a lot of so-called comedies. And love stories, especially 21st century ones, in which people speak in some kind of bizarre coded language, although I stuck with Judd Apetow's The Big Sick and was eventually rewarded. But it was a struggle, I assure you.

Says one reviewer: "Scorcese must have some demons he's battling." Absolutely correct, and as a New York Italian Catholic, he's been battling them since his first feature, in 1967. You can see his struggle with faith, redemption, Jesus, many characters' inability around women--not to mention the director's own! So, yeah, nothing new there...but this is somehow bad? Whatever fuels the creative fires, I say. Like the director's boyhood fascination with "made men" of the mob: see the early Mean Streets, later: Casino, Goodfellas.

Having said that--I consider this: one of the main characters in this drama (Liam Neeson) no longer has faith. He doesn't "lose" it--he voluntarily GIVES IT UP. He says "enough of this s***" takes an Asian wife and finds peace. Outside the church! Who'da thunk it? So, when you consider Scorcese in THIS light... And consider that the premiere was in...Rome. It does make you pause.

See what a good movie can do?

And I gotta add this: one reviewer says Hollywood USED to make lots of these kind of movies. What kind? "high brow for the mass market." Well, I'm not sure that was ever true. But since when was a movie that actually nudged you into maybe thinking a little as you munched your way through popcorn considered "highbrow"? Heck, I did a little thinking watching Avatar, too. But then, maybe that was just me.

An absolutely incredible movie with a somber tone, stunning visuals, and true thoughfulness. What does it mean to be pious? I'm not certain the movie answers that question, but at the same time, I don't think it was the movie's objective to do that. Kudos to everyone who was involved.

Apr 01, 2018

A really bad bad bad boring piece of worthless material. Slightly less than recommended.

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May 12, 2017

There lays an interesting story about the Dimeov who ruled there. He had four concubines. Four.
They were all beautiful, but they. I'm sorry. Maybe this is not a story for a celibate priest.
-It's alright, please go on.
In that case, the Dimeov's concubines were all jealous. And they fought and fought without end, so the Dimeov Hirado drove them away from his castle. And peace came into his life again. Do you think this story has a lesson?
-Yes. That this was a very wise man.
I'm glad. That means you understand the Dimeov is like Japan. And these concubines are Spain,
Portugal, Holland, England. Each trying to gain advantage against the other and destroy the house
in the process. Since you said this man is wise, you will understand why we must outlaw the Christians.
-Well. Our Church teaches monogamy. One wife. What if Japan were to choose one lawful wife from the four?
You mean Portugal?
-No. I mean the Holy Church.

May 12, 2017

We have our own religion, Padre. Pity you did not notice it.
-No, no. We just think a different way.
True. You believe our Buddhas are only men. Just human beings.
-Even a Buddha dies. Like all men, he is not the creator.
You are ignorant! Padre, only a Christian would see Buddha simply as a man. Our Buddha is a being, which men can become. Something greater than himself. If he can overcome all his illusions. But you cling to your illusions and call them faith.
I'd like for you to think about the persistent love of an ugly woman. And how a barren woman should never be a wife.
What would you do for them? Pray? And get what in return? Only more suffering. A suffering only you can end, not God!
-Go away from from me.
I pray too, Rodriguez. It doesn't help. Go on. Pray. But pray with your eyes open.You can spare them. They call out for help, just as you call to God. He is silent and you do not have to be.

May 12, 2017

Surely, God heard their prayers as they died. But did he hear their screams? How can I explain his silence to these people, who have endured so much? I need all my strength to understand it myself.
Our religion does not take root in this country. Because the roots have been torn up.
-No. Because this country is a swamp. Nothing grows here.
I'm just a foreigner who brought disaster. That's what they think of me now. I dream of now Saint Francis. What happened to all the glorious possibility he found here? What have I done for Christ? What am I doing for Christ? What will I do for Christ? I feel so tempted. I feel so tempted to despair. I'm afraid. The wait of your silence is terrible. I pray but I'm lost. Or am I just praying to nothing? Nothing. Because you're not there.
Lord, I fought against your silence....To this very day. Everything I do, everything I've done. Speaks of him. It was in the silence that I heard your voice.


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