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Rating: 7.5 stars

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Spaghetti Western Italy winter snow bounty hunter mute hired killer sheriff outlaw gunslinger horses

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Seen on: 08/07/2019

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The Great Silence (1968)

Directed by Sergio Corbucci

Western

Most recently watched by sleestakk

Overview

A mute gunslinger fights in the defense of a group of outlaws and a vengeful young widow, against a group of ruthless bounty hunters.

Length 106 minutes

Actors

Jean-Louis Trintignant | Frank Wolff | Luigi Pistilli | Vonetta McGee | Loris Loddi | Klaus Kinski | Mario Brega | Marisa Merlini | Benito Pacifico | Lorenzo Terzon | Jacques Dorfmann | Bruno Corazzari | Raf Baldassarre | Remo De Angelis | Carlo D'Angelo | Aldo Ralli | Maria Mizar | Fortunato Arena | Rocco Lerro | Mimmo Poli | Pupita Lea Scuderoni | Giulio Baraghini | Mirella Pamphili | Mauro Mannatrizio | Spartaco Conversi | Claudio Ruffini | Paolo Figlia | Emilio Messina | Adriana Giuffrè | Franco Ukmar | Fulvio Pellegrino | Marisa Sally | Gino Barbacane | William Mayor | Giulia Salvatori | Bruno Ukmar | Clemente Ukmar | Giovanni Ukmar

Viewing Notes

Pretty neat to watch a OUATIH adjacent film (Sergio Corbucci!) that is also an inspiration for another Tarantino flick, The Hateful 8. Rather wild to see bits and pieces that he repurposed for that film (winter, snow, stagecoach, bounty hunters, etc.). If there was ever a spaghetti western marathon event that featured non-Leone films, this one should be included. The general premise feels fresh for its time (a mute gunslinger for hire that only avenges the innocent) that I’m now curious where the inspiration for this film was derived.

Crazy that Corbucci filmed two additional endings bc the distributor wasn’t happy with his dark ending but the producers shot down the new endings so I guess it was always released that way? The alternate endings are on this dvd. I think there’s a Blu available; I’d consider getting that bc this is a very good flick.

As much as I don’t care for Klaus Kinski the person, I sure do appreciate his willingness to participate in so many of these films. Sure it was a paycheck but he’s usually giving a darn good performance as he does here. Amusing that “Silence” uses a Mauser as his gun of choice while everyone else has a standard Colt revolver. There’s also this thing where Jean-Louis Trintignant as Silence takes off his glove when he draws his Mauser but it’s so damn fast you won’t notice unless you watching very closely (I actually paused it and did a slow fwd to see it). So freaking wild to see.

Also rather astonishing that this was entirely filmed in Italy. Tbh I didn’t realize they had this kind of extreme winter climate. The Snow Hill set scenes are funny however knowing it’s really shaving cream instead of snow. But overall there’s some nice photography that would look great on the big screen. This DVD from Film Movement is very nice and proves that a decent transfer can exist on this format (apparently a recent 2K scan).

With all the QT discussion lately I already wanted to revisit The Hateful 8. This movie absolutely makes me want to watch that again.

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