An outstanding revisionist Western! Much grittier, much bleaker and morally ambiguous when compared with conventional John Wayne style films, or even early Eastwood. It is a very uncompromising film. Of course it still makes use of Western tropes (the entire genre is built on tropes and myths), but it also subverts many of those themes. Visually speaking the snowy backdrops provided an extremely dramatic setting.
If nothing else Silence is remarkable for not taking conventional morality as wisdom, it's not hard to tie its re-release to a climate where the violent whims of a few *trump* the decency of many. It might have been our dub but has Kinski ever been smarmier? The politics are so casually on-point, the title both eponymous and evoking the trauma inherited from the myth of the west.
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?
HOLY MOLY this movie is AWESOME! Great cast - love the Sheriff. Music is of course amazing and one of the better soundtracks from Morricone. Plot - just watch it. If you know who Kiichi Hogan is and what motivates him, you'll get what's going on here. I don't want to spoil it for you. Just watch!
Spaghetti westerns are not really my thing, but this is a bit better from the standard films of the genre. It's all set in a snowy landscape, with Klaus Kinski as the bad guy and a left-wing director trying to say something about the evils of capitalism. I don't remember Kinski mentioning this a lot in his infamous autobiography/sexual conquer diary. 3+
I love Western. Also the Italian ones. But this here is a shame. The title should be 'The Grande Stronzate'. Very bad acting all across the board (Kinski doesn't act, he plays himself, Trintingnant very much implausible, the revenge lady acting like a piece of wood); the camera a nightmare; very bad & idiotic dialogues; equitpment & staffage amateurish; ridiculous plot; lousy music. And Corbucci? He is not Leone.
Etonnant western, tourné dans les fascinantes Dolomites, qui transcende le médiocre lot habituel du genre, par la qualité de sa réalisation et la démarche de son traitement scénaristique où l'on voit le "héros" se faire trucider par l'affreux méchant. Ce qui nous vaut un rugueux duel Trintignant / Kinski, des acteurs de toute évidence fortement imprégnés par leurs époustouflants rôles respectifs. www.cinefiches.com
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.
Probabilmente la migliore pellicola firmata da Corbucci.Caratterizzazioni,interpretazioni(Kinski sempre magnifico),messa in scena,originalità (specie nel finale),musiche ed un'ambientazione cupa ed innevata:tutto è di assoluto livello per un simil-Django meno ironico e se possibile ancora più cattivo.Un vero Cult per tutti gli amanti del genere Western.Non è Leone,ma ci và vicino.....davvero notevole.4*