Archive for the ‘Silence’ Category



Silence is a relative concept, as John Cage has demonstrated. It cannot be experienced. Some people therefore prefer to use the concept of quietness. In a quiet soundtrack, every sound has a heightened presence. On the canvas of quietness the few occurring sounds tend to become highly significant.


  • Das weisse Band [The White Ribbon] – Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte (2009,  Michael Haneke).
  • Rififi (1955, Jules Dassin): the longest, 20 min silent robbery.
  • A Man Escaped (Un condamné à mort s’est échappé ou Le vent souffle où il veut, 1956, Robert Bresson): silence as a means of torture in a Nazi prison in France.
  • Once upon a time in the west (C’era una volta il West, 1968, Sergio Leone): when the crickets stop danger is looming
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, Stanley Kubrick): outer space is indeed silent!
  • The Birds (1963, Alfred Hitchcock): the silence before the attacks.

Here are some links to articles on silence in film (on )