The Great Silence (1968) May 20, 2017 13:55:26 GMT
Post by stefancrosscoe on May 20, 2017 13:55:26 GMT
"Once, my husband told me of this man. He avenges our wrongs. And the bounty killers sure do tremble when he appears. They call him "Silence." Because wherever he goes, the silence of death follows."
For the unlucky souls left behind in the freezing small town of Snow Hill during the winter of 1899, the only thing that seem to stand, is lawlessness.
And over a certain time, the village have become a much popular hunting ground for trigger happy bounty hunters, who will not let the lives of a few desperate citizens stand in their way of making a profit.
But not everyone has given in to the vicious intruders, as a vengeful widow decides to take a stand by hiring the help from an infamous gunslinger, only known as Silence (Jean-Louis Trintignant) in order to take out her late husbands brutal murderer, Loco (Klaus Kinski) and his violent crew of misfits.
Director Sergio Corbucci, the legendary Ennio Morricone and along with the great talents of Klaus Kinski, Jean-Louis Trintignant and Vonetta McGee made The Great Silence or Il Grande Silenzio out to be one of the finest and most unusual western films of the 1960s, where it takes place in snow filled sorroundings, that is backed up with a bleak atmosphere and seems to be a long shot away from the more usual and adventurous worlds set in most western releases.
With his piercing blue eyes, and menacing approach, Klaus Kinski dominates every scene he's in, as Kinski delivers one of his most memorable and evil roles as Loco, and yet he comes off as quite a likeable figure, which is impressive, considering that he is not the kind of guy you want to get on the wrong side of.
The less chatty or talkative/vocal gunslinger is not exactly an uncommon cliche in most westerns, but in this case our "hero" at least has a pretty good excuse, as the french actor Jean-Louis Trintignant did not speak english, and instead of waiting around for another leading man/actor who did, Sergio Corbucci decided to wrote him in as a mute.
The beautiful Vonetta McGee stars as the vengeful widow who seeks justice by having a gunslinger take on the job of becoming judge, jury and executioner.