A mute gunslinger faces off against a gang of bounty hunters in the great blizzard of 1899, and a grim, tense struggle unfolds. –IMDb
Sergio Corbucci (December 6, 1927 – December 1, 1990) was an Italian film director. He is best known for his very violent yet intelligent spaghetti westerns. He was for a long time considered an exploitation director, but has now attained a vast following and is easily compared to Sam Peckinpah or Sergio Leone.
He is the older brother of screenwriter and film director Bruno Corbucci.
He started his career by directing mostly low-budget sword and sandal movies. His first commercial success was with the cult spaghetti western Django, starring Franco Nero, the leading man in many of his movies. After Django, Corbucci made many other spaghetti westerns, which made him the most successful Italian western director after Sergio Leone and one of Italy’s most productive directors. His most famous of these pictures was The Great Silence, a dark and gruesome western starring a mute action hero and a psychopathic bad guy. The film was banned in some countries… read more
Kinski's all the more effective here because he''s seemingly underplaying it for once, as a soft-spoken, almost satanic bounty hunter who sits comfortably at the center of a snowbound social ecosystem that relies on the murder of those uncomfortable with it, in order to sustain itself. Morricone's score is a gorgeous, knowingly sorrowful elegy.
A harsh and pitch-black Western about a society eating its own tail. The title works on multiple levels, the obvious being a reference to the film's mute protagonist. The implied "silence" is that of the impoverished, voiceless band of outlaws. It's easier to kill them off for a fee than to mold them into members of society. And the ending. GOD. I hear there's an alternate happy ending. I don't want to see it.
"Olayların geçtiği Snowhill kasabasında kimin suçlu kimin suçsuz olduğuna karar verebilecek bir otoritede olmadığı için Westernlerde görmeye alıştığımız üzere peynir ekmek gibi insan ölmektedir. Bu yüzden kasabaya bir şerif atanır ve olaylar alevlenmeye başlar." → http://filmonerisi.blogspot.com/2012/11/il-grande-silenzio.html