The Great Silence
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Trintignant plays Silence, a brooding, mute gunslinger moving from place to place gunning down bad guys. He's not a bad guy himself, though, because he only kills goons who prey on innocent people. A burning need for personal revenge fuels these vendettas--several men slaughtered Silence's own family when he was a young child, cutting our hero's throat in the bargain. Silence survived the attack and, even as he avenges innocents egregiously wronged, seeks out the evil ones responsible for his own personal tragedy. And find them he will even if it means dying in the process.Read more ›
There is no doubt in my mind that this film is easily amongst the best spaghetti westerns ever made. I do feel this is better than Django. The Sergio Corbucci films I'd previously seen seemed very hit and miss. The photography sometimes looked rough, complete with shaky zooms. The photography in The Great Silence however is generally superb. Some wonderful wide shots and a number of other beautiful shots, the camera does pan about very well.
The film is set on a snow swept landscape and it looks terrific, it also contains a wonderful, haunting score from Ennio Morricone.
On an unforgiving, snow-swept frontier, a group of bloodthirsty bounty hunters, led by the vicious Loco (Klaus Kinski) prey on a band of persecuted outlaws who have taken to the hills. As the price on each head is collected - one - by - one, only a mute gunslinger named Silence (Jean-Louis-Trintignant) stands between the innocent refugees and the greed and corruption that the bounty hunters represent.
It's hard to believe this film was made in 1968, it is very impressive for many reasons. First it does not follow most genre conventions, it simply follows it's own set of rules, the ending is especially different. It's well cast, I thought both of the male leads were perfect. There is a very good moment where the mute gunslinger and a coloured woman make love. This scene is really unusual and quite daring for the time. This is a very bleak film, which may put some people off. I happen to think the ending is brilliant.
The Great Silence is such a wonderful film. The English dubbing is sometimes poor, but this is only a small flaw.
I'm very pleased with the DVD of this film.Read more ›
Jean Louis Trintignant (French) plays the title role, a mute (hence his name) in the role of the force for good who carries an unusual gun for the time. Klaus Kinski (German) is the heavy and while his dubbed-in voice can grate on one's nerves, his actions and facial expressions leave no doubt as to who and what he is. Vonetta McGhee (American) is the black widow who becomes, briefly, the Great Silence's love interest. So it was also good to see this unusual development--a black-white couple, rare for its time as well.
While I agree with others that Leone is the best in the genre, this film has to be very close to that quality. The extremely downbeat ending is another plus, a crushing blow to the expected typical Western fare. However, in retrospect, some of the actions of the main characters leading up to this finale seem either naive or stupid. Hence, the three stars. If you can buy into the "good guys" being too trusting for their own good, then I guess this would work.
So the minuses are Kinski's dubbed-in voice, and the possibly non-credible naivete of the "heroes". But if you weigh those against the pluses, which are many, you have overall a solid film, definitely worth seeing, if not owning.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This film belongs to the category of the forgotten gems of the Italian cinema. Sergio Corbucci made a memorable spaghetti western full of action, realism, and bitter sentiments. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Dimitrios
Great movie; however, brutal. Scenery and shots are mesmerizing.
Product as described, DVD played fine but what a downer of an ending.Published 5 months ago by G. Reiss
Oh, what a wonderful western! One of the greatest spaghetti westerns ever made, Corbucci's The Great Silence -- an inspiration for Tarantino's The Hateful Eight -- moves at the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
A classic spaghetti western. I loved the unique main character with his slashed throat and the snowy wilderness was a nice setting.Published 7 months ago by Philip
Great spaghetti western with the madman Klaus Kinski. The tale of a bountyhunter and hired gun crossing paths and the carnage they leave behind.Published 10 months ago by Anonymous Rogue
I loved it. But that's difficult to post here with all of the linguists that are cunning reviewers here. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Kevin Wells
It's practically criminal that this film has such low exposure. I have friends who went through films school worshiping Tarantino but had never heard of this, which is doubtless an... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Daniel Scalph
Great classic western. Definitely in my top 10. Some reviews on here say that some parts of the movie is far fetched. Want reality? Watch Dance Moms. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Thomas C.