Upon being asked what his favorite Western films where, he responded with "I do love The Great Silence, because Quentin turned me on to it and I love the cinematic nature of that, in the snow. Praise has gone to the acting, the utilization of snowbound landscapes, Ennio Morricone's score, and the film's subversion of several conventions of the Western film genre. [15][25], In his analysis of the film, Donato Totaro compares Silence to other Spaghetti Western protagonists, and analyses him in Freudian terms – he is dressed in black (like Corbucci's previous creation, Django), is extremely fast and accurate with his gun, and is anti-heroic, sharing some of his characteristics with Loco (both will kill other people on the grounds that they will receive payment). [54], German distributor AL!VE re-released the film with remastered, high-definition video and audio (with options for German, Italian and French) on Blu-ray and DVD on December 8, 2017. [15] However, the political context of the later film plays a major factor in the presentation of its thematic concerns: when interviewed by the German magazine Film, Corbucci revealed that he had dedicated The Great Silence to the memories of Che Guevara, Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, as he believed that their assassinations (all three happening while he was making the film) served to further their causes and resulted in widespread condemnations of violence. [24][48][58][59], In March 2017, the Cinémathèque Française reported that Cineteca Nazionale, with the cooperation of Italian distribution rights holder Movietime, had authorised a complete restoration of The Great Silence (including the alternative ending) from the original camera and sound negatives in 4K resolution. The Great Silence Here I explore the artwork that has been done in nature. Was this review helpful to you? Burnett and Loco stop by a frozen lake to allow Loco to relieve himself, but he springs a trap, shooting the ice surrounding Burnett and leaving him to die in the freezing water. With Jenna Lyng Adams, Jackson Davis, Ryan Vigilant, Charles Hubbell. Shock! The Great Silence (Italian: Il grande silenzio) is a 1968 revisionist Spaghetti Western film directed and co-written by Sergio Corbucci. Unofficial lawman John Corbett hunts down Cuchillo Sanchez, a Mexican peasant accused of raping and killing a 12-year-old girl. [62], —Alex Cox in his introduction to The Great Silence on Moviedrome, August 26, 1990[41], It has been widely acclaimed by critics and audiences, and has appeared on numerous lists of the best Spaghetti Western films compiled by audiences, filmmakers and historians. After so many years proclaiming the Word, I had to be quiet and enter into the silence of God. [10] Later releases, such as the Film Movement Blu-ray, include the ending with synchronized Italian audio.[7]. [50] Fantoma reissued the disc on January 27, 2004. And I think up another Western with my actors. [49] The release used an English-language print that was digitally remastered by Zoetrope Aubry Productions, presented in 1.66:1 letterboxed widescreen, with the only audio option being a Dolby Digital Mono mix of the English dub. 527 KR - 627 KR Loco and his gang arrive to look for Silence, just as the outlaws appear at the edge of town to collect the provisions, having been previously advised to do so by Burnett. Killing sympathetic or leading characters was not a new tactic to Corbucci – the title character of his second Western, Minnesota Clay, was seemingly killed at the end of the film's American prints. Are the actions of the 'Bounty Hunters' ,those offered an amnesty & the 'offical reaction' to the results as shown on a card at the films end based on real events that happened in Utah in this era. Donnerwetter! 53 of 62 people found this review helpful. [31] A limited edition LP (consisting of 500 copies) was released by Dagored in April 2016. A Swedish arms dealer and a Mexican peon team up to rescue the intellectual leader of the Revolutionary cause, while taking part in numerous misadventures along the way. Controversial for its bleak and dark tone, the film's reputation grew, and it gained a cult following in the wake of its release. Upon arrival, Silence meets Pauline, who promises to raise his reward. While finding the "ambiguous" ending's failures in its lack of answers for the fates of its characters, he considers the "happy" ending "amusing" due to its attempt to overhaul the film's pre-established tone. [11][28] The soundtrack was released on CD, also containing five tracks from Morricone's score for That Splendid November, in 1995, 2005 and 2014. As a result, the fates of Silence, Pauline and the outlaws are left unknown. Suddenly, Burnett, having survived falling into the frozen lake, rides into town on horseback and shoots Loco in the head, allowing Silence to kill the remaining bounty killers. After Pauline's husband becomes Loco's latest victim, she hires a gunman for revenge; Silence, mute since his throat was cut when he was a boy. . The Great Silence (1968) (Il Grande silenzio) (Le Grand silence) [27][75][76][77] Robert Richardson, the cinematographer for The Hateful Eight, noted that he and Tarantino studied The Great Silence's photography to get an understanding of the intimacy Tarantino wanted to achieve in the film. Every time I make a Western, I say "This is the last". Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Tom Seldon . A young gunfighter forms a tenuous alliance with an aging ex-outlaw to track down and eliminate the bandits who killed his family, till the surprising end. The actress attributed this to the frequent presence of his wife Nori on the set, noting that "they were such a happy couple. ©2009 Juliet Nicolson (P)2020 Tantor More from the same It's shot in his trademark messy, over-edited, jerky-zoom style, and its telephoto close-ups are frequently out of focus. I get tired and nervous; I hate the horses and the desert. This version serves as a recut of the intended ending with additional footage not seen in the theatrical version. Reviewing the disc for Rock! [21], Following the film's completion, The Great Silence was, as per standard procedure for a Spaghetti Western, edited in its final, completed form and dubbed into five languages: Italian, French, Spanish, German and English. Marcello Mastroianni had conceived the idea of a mute gunfighter when he told Corbucci that he had always wanted to appear in a Western, but would have been held back by his inability to speak English. [47] The film began screening in American cinemas on November 12, 2017 at the Winchester Alamo Drafthouse Cinema,[46] utilizing a 2K restoration of the original negative created by Compass Film SRL. (1968). Pauline attempts to sell her house to Pollicut, who demands that she becomes his mistress – his reason for putting a bounty on her husband. This release includes the alternative happy ending, the English opening and credits, English and German theatrical trailers, a subtitled interview with Nori Corbucci, a text-based historical overview of bounty hunting and illustrated liner notes as special features. The Great Silence, Corbucci’s masterpiece and today recognized as one of the best westerns ever made, was also his greatest deception. . Conceived by Corbucci as a politically-charged allegory inspired by the deaths of Che Guevara and Malcolm X, the film's plot takes place in Utah prior to the Great Blizzard of 1899. Description Italian filmmaker Sergio Corbucci directed this serious-minded populist spin on the spaghetti western, starring Jean-Louis Trintignant as Silence, whose vocal cords have been slashed by sadistic bounty hunters. a book that contains so much that is truly poignant or fascinating or thoughtful. [21] Camera overexposure was also occasionally used to avoid continuity errors. In terms of The Great Silence, there are no easy answers, at least not yet. Like Django and Joe before him, Silence's hands are injured prior to the climax, greatly impeding his marksmanship. A greedy Polish mercenary aids a mine worker and peasant girl as they lead a revolution against the oppressive Mexican Government, and are pursued by an American rival. As a result, much of the community is forced to steal in order to survive. Alongside Django, it is usually regarded as Corbucci's best film and one of the best Spaghetti Westerns not to be directed by Sergio Leone. 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