One of the best and darkest westerns of all time. No other spaghetti western utilized Klaus Kinski's screen presence better (this and Zulawski's IMPORTANT THING IS TO LOVE are probably Kinski's best non-Herzog films). Trintignant is a revelation. Who knew after seeing THE CONFORMIST or any of his french films that he would be such a good "strong, silent type" western protagonist. and I love the ending.
Two gunslingers, Silenzio and Loco, meet in Utah in 1899's blizzard, where the snowy landscapes will be inevitably splattered with blood.
A bleak western with some atypical patterns, the presence of two great european actors, and a powerful conclusion.
I'm revisiting THE GREAT SILENCE in conditions that couldn't conceivably be more optimal: gorgeous restoration screened theatrically near the 50th anniversary of its release. I kinda already though it one of the greatest genre films of all time. I count it all the more so now. Who wouldn't be in the market for a nihilistic knock-down-drag-out between Jean-Louis Trintignant and Klaus Kinski set primarily in the snow?