Monday, August 24, 2015



5 Comments:

Blogger Jacob said...

Rabbi Neil Fleischmann, did you ever get around to seeing Into Great Silence?

August 27, 2015 at 7:38 PM  
Blogger rabbi neil fleischmann said...

I watched the start and it didn't pull me along. It's on hold for now despite the rave reviews. Have you seen it?

August 30, 2015 at 10:50 AM  
Blogger Jacob said...

I've seen it, but not in the theater. I read about it when it first came out and purchased the DVD. I watched it after it arrived in the mail and then I watched it this last week. Obviously it's not one of those movies that one watches again right away. That's how I came upon your post at your blog. I searched for reviews both times and found your post through Google.

I can definitely understand why the start wouldn't have pulled you in. It definitely takes some effort to push through to the point where things start to happen (as much as that can be said for a movie like this). It's at that point where the natural flow of the monastery becomes evident that Roger Ebert's review really becomes relevant.

I enjoyed the movie for what it offers, but I am deaf, so there were definltely parts that no doubt have sound, but dragged for me. You'd get more out of them, I'm sure. The part with the blind monk is excellent.

August 30, 2015 at 11:20 AM  
Blogger rabbi neil fleischmann said...

Thank you. Sounds like it's worth by giving it another chance. Ebert's review, as I remember it, made it sound like watching it is a transformative, spiritual, and amazingly aesthetic experience. I'm glad to have found someone who saw it, and it seems like you enjoyed it (you watched it twice!).

G-d Bless,
Neil

September 4, 2015 at 3:37 PM  
Blogger Jacob said...

I hope I haven't oversold it. It's definitely not a movie for everyone. :)

September 4, 2015 at 3:46 PM  

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