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The Great Silence (Il Grande silenzio)

The Great Silence (Il Grande silenzio) (1968)


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Release Date: Jan 1, 1968 Wide



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Italian filmmaker Sergio Corbucci directed this serious-minded populist spin on the spaghetti western, starring Jean-Louis Trintignant as Silence, whose vocal cords have been slashed by sadistic bounty-hunters. Silence joins with local hillfolk in fighting the corrupt and tyrannical authorities in the town of Snow Mill. Corbucci's sympathies are clearly with his bandit heroes, who are only doing what they must to survive, while the law is represented by a corrupt sheriff, who lets his wealthy

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The frozen setting heightens Corbucci's severity

February 7, 2010 Full Review Source: CinePassion

It's in the same pasta bowl as the Sergio Leone films, only with even more red sauce.

January 24, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Audience Reviews for The Great Silence (Il Grande silenzio)

I'm no expert on the genre of Spaghetti Westerns, but this ranks, I feel, as an excellent example. The cinematography is absolutely brilliant-bleak, stark, and quite stunning- a true visual delight.

Jean Louis Trintignant and Klaus Kinski are superb in their respective roles of a mute gunfighter who stands up for what's right and the sadistic bounty hunter he goes up against.

Another highlight to the film is Ennio Morricone's score. It's not as good as the scores he did for Sergio Leone's Spaghetti Westerns, but it's still pretty awesome.

I liked how the film didn't pull punches with the content, especially the ending, and give it props for having an interracial love scene in an era where that was still something very uncommon and bold.

All in all, this is a very off-beat and different film, even for a Spaghetti Western. Go check it out.
January 6, 2013
Chris Weber

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Probably tied for my favorite Western of all time with Unforgiven. And if you watch the alternate ending, it practically IS Unforgiven (well, maybe that's a little too far). One of Ennio Morricone's best scores, superb acting on the whole, especially by its costars Klaus Kinsi and Jean-Luis Trintigant; the superb cinematography you expect from classic Westerns, and superb dubbing. Not to mention, it's both incredibly dark and violent and relatively believable. Score.
December 30, 2012

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Certainly the most bleak spaghetti western. If you think about it, that is saying a lot.
May 22, 2011
Reid Volk

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The beauty of Il Grande Silenzio is that it tells such a dark tale in the most straighfoward manner possible. It forgets about the western myths and goes for the crude aspects of this world. Silenzio is not a hero, just a man defending himself, Loco is not a cartoonish "bad guy", just somebody doing his job. With bountys over the heads of poor people trying to survive private property becomes more valuable than human beings. When the ending arrives it never feels forced or out of logic. It was the only way in which this story could be finished. There are no heroes here, just another pile of nameless corpses, and somebody with more money in the pocket.
May 8, 2010
Tsubaki Sanjuro

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