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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 FEATURE Silence 2016
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (161 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.
video file, DVD video, rda
digital, optical, surround, 5.1 Dolby Digital, rda


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Jul 20, 2017

This movie is very intense and is worth watching. It took me on a journey and I had to know how it ended. Andrew Garfield was compelling as a priest trying to teach Christianity in 16th Century Japan where it is outlawed. It's a story of faith, strength and government and which one will prevail. I really enjoyed the movie, even though I'm not a fan of subtitles, it held my interest til the end.

Jul 19, 2017

Wow - very powerful movie. Very well done.
It's nice to see "Hollywood" make a non-traditional "Hollywood" movie.

Jul 17, 2017

The good: excellent acting, great cinematography, historically probably pretty accurate, an interesting story. The bad: way too long and way too much torture. It took me three sessions to get through this.

Jul 04, 2017

VERY powerful. Very difficult to watch. The story, however, and acting were just superb. If there aren't some best actor/supporting actor awards given to this movie, I would be surprised. I know it's long but the story was worth it.

AL_TIEGAN Jun 26, 2017

The story was really cool, but the movie did not need to be 2 hours and 40 minutes. I had a really hard time sitting through this movie, because it was so slow.

Jun 21, 2017

I appreciate the effort and the subject matter. It was just too dreary & formulaic; the characters not particularly endearing. When you know whats gonna happen, the dialog better be outstanding & imagery spectacular to keep the viewer interested. I lost interest @ the hut scene & 4 hostages scene. I might revisit when I'm more sensitive to the film's mission, otherwise, it just drags on and drags me down with it.

Jun 19, 2017

we are here for suffering ~ 420 >>this is not Shogun !!!

Jun 14, 2017

I really liked this film. The Old Samurai Inoue was very well acted and stole the show! The cinematography is also beautiful. It is a very thought-provoking film. Martin Scorsese does not take either side (Christian or Japanese), but shows the history of how Christian Priests wanted to show what they genuinely believed was "truth" to all, and how the Japanese Inquisition genuinely believed foreigners were a threat to their nation. It is a fascinating depiction of how people struggled with their own beliefs, their own pride, what is "good" and "right", and simply was is just "necessary".

Gorgeous cinematography but an otherwise long and dreary movie. Fine acting but 45 minutes or so could have been cut.

Jun 07, 2017

My honey and I tried to watch this movie but found it to be very dark and we hate having to read the lines. After 45 minutes we both agreed not worth sitting and watching it so we turned it off and watched Bull on TV which was very enjoyable.

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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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