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.
Jean-Louis Trintignant is a just and laconic gunslinger, whilst Klaus Kinski is a camp and vicious bounty hunter dolled up in a fur coat and leather gloves, as if auditioning for Warhol? The snowy location shooting was clearly an influence on Altman's MCCABE AND MRS MILLER. This western uses the mountain ranges that serve as its location to stunning effect; there are some really exquisite aerial shots in particular.
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.