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The Great Silence [DVD] [1968]


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  • Actors: Klaus Kinski, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Frank Wolff, Luigi Pistilli
  • Directors: Sergio Corbucci
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Digital Classics
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Oct 2009
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002KM9V3I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,145 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The late, great Italian filmmaker Sergio Corbucci (Django, Companeros) directed and co-wrote this western in 1968. Bounty killers led by Loco (Klaus Kinski) prey on outlaws hiding out in the snowbound Utah mountains. After an innocent becomes Loco s latest victim, his wife hires a gunman for revenge. Silence, mute since his throat was cut as a child after witnessing the murder of his parents, decides to take justice into his own hands. Score by Ennio Morricone.

Extras:

  • Interview with Alex Cox (Sid & Nancy, Repo Man)
  • Alternate Ending (with optional commentary by Alex Cox)
  • Theatrical Trailer

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One of the great Spaghetti Westerns an ending, and a film, which you will never forget --DVD Times

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Blackhorse47 on 26 Nov 2009
Format: DVD
This is one of the finest spaghetti westerns, although it's not as well known as Sergio Leone's work or Corbucci's other classic Django. The reason is perhaps that morally it's too complex for mass appeal as we viewers, especially in westerns, prefer to know who the good guys are and who the bad guys are, then cheer as the bad guys go down in a hail of lead.

In the unusual setting of a snow-bound winter (there's a traditional view that snowy westerns aren't as popular as sweaty ones) the townsfolk of Snowhill are suffering. With food scarce they revert to stealing to eat. Ruthless bounty hunters are called in to bring them to justice. When the nastiest hunter Loco shoots up an innocent man, the dead man's wife hires Silence, a mute gunslinger, to kill Loco...

This film is a brutal masterpiece with a level of violence that few movies could equal, and yet there is subtlety with clever scripting and good performances, most notably from Klaus Kinski in a particularly nasty role even for him. Throughout, the story blurs the traditional depiction of right and wrong. Spaghetti westerns became popular by having anti-heroes who act as viciously as the bad guys. But this film goes further. The good guys are outlaws, forced to steal through hunger, and the bad guys are bounty hunters, motivated by personal gain only. Even the law is depicted as being ineffective and ill-thought out, exploring in a way few other westerns have the dubious principle that killing a man can be justified as self-defence only when the other guy goes for his gun first.
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By G. M. Dobbs VINE VOICE on 16 Jan 2014
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This movie is a classic - suspenseful western in an unusual setting. I love this movie and am pleased that the DVD transfer is spot on
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The film is very impressive because of 3 things - atmosphere of frozen winter world where violence rules, great actors - Jean Louis Tretignant and Klaus Kinski who could create 3D images of their heros even without speaking, unpredictable development of the events and unpredicatable ending. Add to this the music by Ennio Morricone.
Sergio Corbucci creates the image of society opressed by social elite. The director is mixing the language of the Westerns with the images taken from Renaissance art and stories by Jack London - and the result is stunning. If you want to see something more simple and more dynamic comparing with Sergio Leone's works i.o. if you are prefering entertaiment most of all - that's not the case.
If you want to see the film to think about yourself, about society, about world created by the director (and this world is realistic and fantastic in the same time) - you would like it. You could return to this film many times.
P.S. The Great Silence should be restored much better.
On this DVD you could also see alternative ending which could completely destroy the film.
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Had been waiting to pick up the reommended issue of this at the right price. Did not disappoint. It is a complete classic. This is an extraordinary Western.

I premiered this with both the dubbed English and the English subtitles. Interesting to compare the differing translation. Look forward to trying them one at a time. Who knows? this looks a good candidate for Mamet's quote "A good film script should be able to do completely without dialogue"
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By PJayBe on 30 May 2013
Format: DVD
Spoilers to follow........

A great film, one of those spaghettis that take the western out of its traditional sunbaked desert towns and instead gives us snow, snow snd more snow. Klaus Kinski is chilling (no pun intended) as the villain of the piece, looking more like a character from a horror movie than a western baddie.

A big influence on many of Clint Eastwood's later American filmed westerns, shown by whole chunks of The Great Silence showing up in Hang 'Em High, Joe Kidd and Unforgiven, this is a film whose dark ending as stopped it being seen as a classic for many years, something this DVD release will hopefully put right.

Not being a Masters Of Cinema release from Eureka, we don't get the traditional well informed booklet, but the film does come with the "alternate" happy ending, although clearly in unfinished form.

So this review must finish with the obvious spoiler relating to this film, the bad guys win.......
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By A. J. Harrison on 25 Dec 2012
Format: DVD
Silence is a mute gunfighter with a sense for justice. He is hired by a woman whose husband has been killed to take revenge on Loco, one of the bounty hunters hired to hunt down homeless poor men around Snow Hill. Silence however only kills in self defence and with Loco refusing to draw first things are a lot more complicated.

This is prohaps the greatest Spaghetti Western ever made and on a pare with Sergio Leone's 'For a Few Dollars More' and 'Once Upon a time in the West.

I read that the original role of Silence was meant to go to Franco Nero and even though I'm a big fan of his but I actually think that know one could've played the role better than the man it went to, French actor Jean-Louis Trintignant. The villain was played by Spaghetti Western regular Klaus Kinski who is at his menacing best as the cruel sadistic Loco. American actor Frank Wolff also turns up this time as a good guy in honourable sheriff Burnett who tries to keep law and order.

Sergio Corbucci's direction is faultless and with its great snowy landscapes are amazing and add a ghostly atmosphere to the film which strangely suits the Silence character. As I know most people will have heard about the sad down beating ending but all I can say is it is the best and the most perfect way to end this stunning film.

Ennio Morricone's music is suiting and very powerful.

Overall, what do you get when you have a French hero, a German villain and a Italian director? A amazing unforgettable masterpiece.
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