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The Great Silence (Il grande silenzio) (1968)

The Great Silence (Il grande silenzio) (1968)





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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 patrons run wild, and sadistic scum like Klaus Kinski, who kills the poor because he enjoys it. Politically charged in a way that only a film of its time could be, Il Grande Silenzio's themes of class struggle and violent revolution were a bit too hot for an American release in 1968. Vonetta McGee co-starred with genre regulars Frank Wolff, Luigi Pistilli, and Raf Baldassare.


Frank Wolff
as Sheriff Burnett
Maria Mizar
as Madre di Miguel
Raf Baldassarre
as One-Eyed Bounty Hunter
Remo De Angelis
as False Sheriff
Mirella Pamphili
as Saloon Girl
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Critic Reviews for The Great Silence (Il grande silenzio)

All Critics (3)

It's been called "great" and "Corbucci's masterpiece." It just might be.

September 3, 2015 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

The frozen setting heightens Corbucci's severity

February 7, 2010 | Full Review…

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

January 24, 2007 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

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.

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

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.


Super Reviewer


Certainly the most bleak spaghetti western. If you think about it, that is saying a lot.

Reid Volk
Reid Volk

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