Silent Saturday

Silent Saturday
The Seventh Seal

The Seventh Seal

It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt

Mark Twain

I would like to be as wiser as Mr. Twain but I’m not. I had a really bad night, I had a terrible morning and I don’t think it will be better. My best option for today would be the silence, but it’s difficult to express it with a simple silence. In literature, the silence is the best difficult thing to express. We can see a Bergman’s film and we can understand its prolonged silences, its essence and the tragedy between two characters when we listen to this silence. Precisely, the first sequence of The 7th Seal begins with one quote of the Revelations:

When he opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.

What happened in one hour? Just silence, just the no-sound literature, no words… no thinking. I think The 7th Seal is one of the most famous Bergman’s films because it’s one of his most dialogued movies. They talk about existence and silence, they talk about everything before dying… dialogues trying to escape of this silence, dialogues trying to beat it. Silence, once again our worst enemy.

I am Death.

I am Death.

In literature we have many examples of it but I would like to talk about the disciple of J. Joyce Samuel Beckett. Have you read The Unnamable? I really recommend you if you have a terrible day, someone could have a worse one. The novel is something like an interior monologue with a man fighting with time and words. How can a man beat the unfailing Death? Maybe we can’t in our lives, but literature offers us the temporary and marvelous option to try it. Will it be a success? We don’t think so, but we can still wait for Godot, can’t we?

I’ve read someday the best filmmaker playing with silence was Dreyer. I must confess you something: my snores didn’t let people listen to these marvelous Dreyer’s silences.

In music, silence is also one of the best ways to affirm the music. Puccini used silences… and Beethoven and even Mozart in Don Giovanni! Music is the creation between two silences, have you heard it before? Neither do I.

Well, my friends. I hope you will have the great Saturday I suppose I won’t have. Cheers, hugs, kisses and… stop! Just a great silence to finish!

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