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The Great Silence

  • Directed by Sergio Corbucci
  • Italy/France, 1968, 105 mins., English/Italian

Aficionados of the genre consider Corbucci’s (the original 1996 Django) homage to be among the masterworks, inspiration to Alex Cox, Quentin Tarantino and others who have revisited the Western since its heyday. Shot in the Dolomite Mountains in Northern Italy and inspired by the deaths of Che Guevara and Malcolm X, his political allegory is set in snowy mountains of Utah in 1899, where a mute gunslinger (Jean-Louis Trintignant) takes on a band of ruthless bounty hunters, foremost among them killer madman “Loco,” appropriately played by a convincing Klaus Kinski. Unreleased in the US until 2001, and only then on DVD, The Great Silence‘s cult status—earned from its haunting use of landscape, grim violence, radical politics, and dark subversion—finds full glory in its new restoration and the chance to hear the Ennio Morricone score at full impact. “Corbucci’s best and his bleakest . . .A classic of transgressive cinema.”—Alex Cox.

Genres: Spaghetti Western