The Great Silence
|The Great Silence (1968)
is arguably the best of the spaghetti westerns. Directed
by Sergio Corbucci, it has his usual feel, including shaky cam, lots
of gore, wild zooming, and otherwise frenetic camera work. It also has
possibly the darkest ending ever filmed.
|The exposure is from Vonetta
Mc Gee in her first film as the wife of a man killed by the
bounty hunters who ends up as love interest for Trintignant.
She shows breasts and buns in very brief flashes.
||It stars Jean-Louis Trintignant as a
mute (Silence) who had his throat cut by a bounty hunter after his
father. Silence has dedicated his life to killing bounty hunters, but
will not draw first. A group of bounty hunters is living off of
killing so called wanted people (many of whom were merely poor
Mormons). A land owner/banker made sure they got paid. The worst of
the bounty hunters, Loco, was played by Klaus Kinski, who always makes
a credible bad guy.
The film is of interest to Italian western fans, students of cinema,
and anyone one else interested in a very dark non-traditional
Scoop's note: this
highly regarded 1968 film has never before been available in the USA
in any home video format. I have never seen it, and even Leonard
Maltin is silent on the topic. What a great cast! Trintignant as the
mute and Kinski as the bad guy.
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence, about like three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, about like two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like two stars from the critics.
Films under five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics or less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
guideline: A means the movie is so good it
will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not
good enough to win you over if you hate the
genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an
open mind about this type of film. C means it will only
appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover
appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you
like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre. F means that the film is not only
unappealing across-the-board, but technically
inept as well.
Based on this
description, this film is a C+. Top of the line as a genre film.
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