If this movie was well received then the history of the Transfiguration Charterhouse would be a "Block Buster".
The Carthusian Monastery on Mt. Equinox in Arlington,Vermont is a legacy from the Davidson family, Joseph George and Madeline. The life of this "cantankerous" pioneer Union Carbide Chemist is an amazing true story of a man who was deeply involved with the development of the atomic bomb and was recognized by Presdential Citation after WWII. Almost in expiation, He assisted the Monks to establish their Charterhouse and provided numerous income sources and control of their mountain environment. I am surprised that someone has not already made a movvie of the life of Mr. Davidson, a "King of a man" according to his biographer.
That is an incredible story.
There are so many intersting, powerful, and miraculous stories that have occurred in our lifetime, yet many go untold beyond our Catholic faith.
Hopefully these stories will reach to many more Catholics and beyond to inspire others to grow and return home to our faith.
I found the film terribly frustrating and didn't enjoy it at all. Perhaps I needed a narrative, more structure or something. I saw a four-part Italian film on the Carthusians that was wonderful because it had a narrator.
I have studied monasticism for years, did my baccalaureate dissertation on it and have admired the austere orders for years and years. I guess my disappointment was exacerbated by this. A friend is a Parkminster postulant and I learned very little from Into the Great Silence that I didn't learn by reading the Constitutions.
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