(aka 'Sokout')

directed by  Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Iran 1998

 

  From one of Iran's most celebrated filmmakers, comes The Silence, a hypnotic symphony of visual and aural rhythms. The Silence follows the life of Khorshid, a blind 10-year- old boy who experiences the world through sound. Living with his mother in a small village in Tajikistan, Khorshid earns money tuning musical instruments.

Nadereh, the beautiful young protégée of the instrument maker for whom Khorshid works, acts as his eyes, fetching him every day at the bus stop and leading him through the streets to his destination. Sometimes on the way, a conversation or melody attracts Khorshid's attention and he loses himself in the compelling harmonies of the city and everyday life.

About to lose his job and his home, Khorshid creates a world where he can be happy; where hypnotic sounds and the music of the world shows him how to experience life.

Gary W. Tooze

Poster

Theatrical Release: September 7th, 1998 - Montréal Film Festival

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Distribution New Yorker Video - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:12:39 
Video 1.80:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.7 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio Farsi (Persian) (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English, None
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Studio: New Yorker Video

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Original aspect Ratio 1.80:1

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• Liner notes essay by Armond White

DVD Release Date: July 19th, 2005

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This analog transfer can look very colorful and sharp at times, but also suffers from some bad 'combing' indicating a non-progressive transfer (each frame not transferred separately). It looks very good on a normal tube system but projecting may bring out some of the combing in horizontal pans. Black levels look fairly good and I suspect that the color palette is fairly accurate as NY'er don't have a real history of intense digital manipulation. No digital extras but the liner notes inclusion s in recent NY'er DVDs are very welcome and this is no exception. Audio and optional subtitles are very good, so the only complaint is the combing which may only apply to a few viewers. Another great film from Iran - we strongly recommend!

Gary W. Tooze

 





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