The Great Silence (1969)

Directors: Sergio Corbucci
Starring: Klaus Kinski

Genre: Spaghetti Western


"On an unforgiving, snow-swept frontier, a group of bloodthirsty bounty hunters, led by the vicious Loco (Klaus Kinski - Nosferatu, For a Few Dollars More) 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 - The Conformist) stands between the innocent refugees and the greed and corruption that the bounty hunters represent. But, in this harsh, brutal world, the lines between right and wrong aren't always clear and good doesn't always triumph. Featuring superb photography and a haunting score from maestro Ennio Morricone, director Sergio Corbucci's (Django, Companeros) bleak, brilliant and violent vision of an immoral, honorless west is widely considered to be among the very best and most influential Euro-Westerns ever made."- from DVD Pacific

My oppinion:
This is Spaghetti Western at it's best! The Great Silence is a gruesome and tragic story that's very well transferred to film by one of the absolutely best Spaghetti directors, Sergio Corbucci. The snowy scenery was nice for a change. The score done by Ennio Morricone is also great, especially the theme song is a classic. Trintignant does a really good performance as the mute hero and Kinski did one of his best ever performances as the bad guy bounty hunter. Also worth mentioning is Vonetta McGee that did a nice job as well and the fact that she looks hauntingly great doesn't hurt either. The acting was good all around really. Without spoiling it, I just have to say that the ending is one of the greatest I've seen in a spaghetti! In short, this is one of the absolute best movies of the spaghetti Western genre, even competing with Sergio Leone's classics! Pure and simple, this is essential viewing for all fans of spaghetti westerns!

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