The Great Silence [DVD]
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Stylish and sinister Spaghetti Western directed by Sergio Corbucci, accompanied by an atmospheric score by Ennio Morricone. A group of mercenary bounty killers led by the brutal Loco (Klaus Kinski) is in pursuit of a band of outlaws who have escaped and are hiding out in the hills of the bleak, snow-covered Utah frontier. After they remorselessly kill an innocent man who happens to cross their bloody path, the man's widow, Pauline (Vonetta McGee) calls upon much-feared gunslinger 'Silence' (Jean-Louis Trintignant) - so called because he has been mute since his throat was cut as a child - to seek revenge. Caught between the innocent inhabitants of the local community and the corrupt bounty hunters, Silence decides to mete out his own brand of justice...
One of the great Spaghetti Westerns an ending, and a film, which you will never forget --DVD Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.Read more ›
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.
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"
Plenty of violence, evil men, honest men, a bit of love interest, a good music score, and, unusually, a moral tale told without rushing. Great viewing.
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.......
This DVD contains the original unbowdlerized version in its enhanced widescreen format and contains the Totally Daft re-shot ending as DVD extra .
Never has a re-shoot been so unbelievably , comically bad . It compares to the worst carry-on scenario you will ever see .
Mind Boggling .
The original ending of this film set a precedent which,in my opionion,has not yet been equalled.Downbeat.Cynical.Horrible.But a true end to a unique story......peace to y'all
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