Curated by //Luca Domeneghetti//
IL GRANDE SILENZIO / THE GREAT SILENCE / LEICHEN PFLASTERN SEINEN WEG (Italy/France 1968)
directed by Sergio Corbucci; written by Bruno and Sergio Corbucci, Mario Amendola; produced by Alberto Marras; music by Ennio Morricone; cinematography by Silvano Ippoliti; CAST: Jean-Louis Trintignant (Silence), Klaus Kinski (Tigrero/Loco), Frank Wolff, Luigi Postelli, Mario Brega; 105 min / color / Italian with English subtitles
A group of greedy bounty hunters led by the brutal Loco/Tigrero (Klaus Kinski) are in pursuit of a band of outlaws who have escaped and are hiding out in the hills of the snowy Utah frontier. After an innocent man is killed with no remorse, a mute gunslinger named Silence (Jean-Louis Trintignant) is called upon by the man's wife to seek revenge. Standing between the innocents and the corrupted bounty hunters, Silence decides to mete out his own brand of justice, even though the lines between the bad and the good have already been blurred. Famed Italian director Sergio Corbucci helmed this bleak, stylish, and violent spaghetti western, which features a score from Ennio Morricone. The most unsual wintery setting with snow-clad landscapes, the political overtones and the depressing mood make his spaghetti western different from other revisionist westerns of the era. It caused quite a controversy, when it was released. When you've seen the film, it's easy to see why. I think it goes without saying that I consider this to be one of the best spaghetti westerns of all-time. The two main characters Silence (Jean-Louis Trintignant) and Loco/Tigrero (Klaus Kinski) are great. Frank Wolff as the sheriff and beautiful Vonetta McGee back them up well. Ennio Morricone delivers one of the better western scores. Sergio Corbucci directs like a madman bringing snowy Utah to screen with his cameraman Silvano Ippoliti. This violent tale is not to be missed!