Monday, November 19, 2018

Great Silence 50th Anniversary

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the premier of “Il grande silenzio” (The Great Silence) in Rome, Italy. Arguably one of the best films of the genre it starred Jean-Louis Trintignant, Klaus Kinski and Frank Wolff. Directed and co-written by Sergio Corbucci it tells the story of  a mute gunfighter who defends a young widow and a group of outlaws against a gang of bounty killers in the winter of 1898, as a grim, tense struggle unfolds. The film was made in the snow of the Italian Alps and the depressing ending where Silence is actually killed by the villainous Tigero was a total shock to filmgoers in the 1960s. So shocking was it that several distributors demanded Corbucci produce a happy ending for their markets. Sergio complied and the film has two versions.

The film was re-released with a 4-K restoration this past year. It’s also available on Blu-ray for collectors.

Il grande silenzio - Italian title
Le grand silence - French title
Le grand massacre - French title
O silencio da morte - Brazilian title
O Vingador Silencioso - Brazilian title
Suuri hiljainen - Finnish title
Suuri hiljaisuus - Finnish title
Leichen pflastern seinen Weg - German title
O ekdikitis tou diavolou - Greek title
A halál csöndje - Hungarian title
Czlowiek zwany Cisza - Polish title
O Grande Silêncio - Portuguese title
El gran silencio - Spanish title
Den tyste hämnaren - Swedish title
The Big Silence - English title
The Great Silence - English title

A 1967 Italian, French co-production [Adelphia Compagnia Cinematografica (Rome), Les Films
     Corona (Paris)]
Producer: Sergio CorbucciDirector: Sergio Corbucci
Story: Sergio Corbucci
Screenplay: Sergio Corbucci, Vittoriano Petrilli, Mario Amendola, Bruno Corbucci
French dialogue: André Tranché
English dialogue: Lewis E. Ciannelli (Lewis Edward Ciannelli), John Hart
Cinematography: Silvano Ippoliti [Eastmancolor]
Music: Ennio Morricone
Running time: 106 minutes

Silenzio/Silence - Jean-Louis Trintignant
Sheriff Gideon Burnett/Corbett - Frank Wolff (Walter Wolff)
Tigrero/Tiger - Klaus Kinski (Nikolaus Nakaszynski)
Henry Pollicut - Luigi Pistilli
Pauline Middleton - Vonetta McGee (Lawrence McGee, Jr.)
Martin - Mario Brega
Governor of Utah - Carlo D’Angelo
Regina - Marisa Merlini
Sanchez/Bobo Schultz - Raf Baldassarre (Raffaele Baldassarre)
Walter - Spartaco Conversi
False sheriff - Remo DeAngelis
Charlie - Bruno Corazzari
Barman - Mimmo Poli (Domenico Poli)
Silence as a boy - Loris Loddi
Silence’s mother - Adriana Giuffre
Saloon girl - Mirella Pamphili
Bounty killers - Claudio Ruffini, Luciano Rossi
Child on sled - Giulia Salvatori
Outlaw - Fortunato Arena
Stagecoach driver - Benito Pacifico
Miguel’s mother - Maria Mizar (Maria Ferrara)
Miguel’s mother - Pupita Lea Scuderoni
With: Marisa Salli, Jacques Toulouse

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