“Silence” is a 2016 film from acclaimed director Martin Scorsese. Scorsese has stated many time that this is a film that took him many years to bring to the screen. When the director first read the novel by Endo on which the film is based, he knew that he wanted to bring it to the big screen. However, he wanted to do it in just the right way, and that it is why Scorsese worked on the film for so many years.
Helping to bring “Silence” to the big screen was long-time Hollywood producer Lawrence Bender. Mr. Bender is well-known for his work on a number of Academy Award winning films. Some of the more well-known movies that Lawrence Bender has been associated with include, “Good Will Hunting”, “Pulp Fiction”, “An Inconvenient Truth” and “Hacksaw Ridge”.
The movie “Silence” tells the story of two Roman Catholic priests from the nation of Portugal who go on a mission to Japan to find out what happened to their friend and mentor who is also a priest. There were rumors that he had apostatized, and the two priests that go to Japan in search of him want to find out exactly what has happened.
While in Japan, the two priests find that the few Christians in the nation are being severely persecuted for their faith. Many of them are facing martyrdom.
One of the priests is eventually captured. The Japanese authorities tell him that they will kill Christians until he denies his faith. The priest agonizes with his decision, but he receives no answer from God. This is the silence to which the film’s title refers.
“Silence” did not do well at the box office. However, the film was critically acclaimed. The American Film Institute made “Silence” one of its selections for Top Ten Films of the Year.
This movie was just one more critically successful film in a long line of successes for executive producer Lawrence Bender. Since his first success with the film “Reservoir Dogs”, Lawrence Bender has continued to be associated with major directors who respect his knowledge of movies and the movie industry.