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The Great Silence

Il grande silenzio

Directed by Sergio Corbucci
France, Italy, 1968


A mute gunslinger faces off against a gang of bounty hunters in the great blizzard of 1899, and a grim, tense struggle unfolds.

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The Great Silence Directed by Sergio Corbucci

Critics reviews

Corbucci (1927-90) may be Sergio Leone’s only rival as the maestro of Italian westerns, and “The Great Silence,” which had its belated theatrical opening last spring, is arguably his masterpiece — stylized, subversive and superbly perverse, not least in its casting, mise-en-scène and Ennio Morricone’s typically eccentric score.
December 28, 2018
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Darryl F. Zanuck hated it. After the masterful American producer screened the relentlessly downbeat, anti-capitalist spaghetti Western The Great Silence, he refused to release it in the United States or England. . . . But The Great Silence is not nihilistic. It is political, it is subversive, it is despairing; but, at heart, it is an existential drama with a self-defining, Christlike hero at its centre.
June 27, 2018
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Released at the end of a year of global unrest, of popular rebellions against political, military, and bureaucratic shackles, Corbucci’s film epitomizes a pervasive liberal dejection over the Vietnam War and conservative rule, a sense of bewilderment and confusion about morality no longer feeling relevant.
June 04, 2018
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