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Conceived by Corbucci as a politically-charged allegory inspired by the deaths of Che Guevara and Malcolm Xthe film's plot takes place in Utah prior to the Great Blizzard of It pits a mute gunslinger Trintignantfighting in the defence of a group of outlaws and a vengeful young widow McGeeagainst a group of ruthless bounty killers led by "Loco" Kinski and the corrupt banker Henry Pollicut Pistilli. Distributed in most territories by 20th Century FoxThe Great Silence was theatrically released to a mediocre commercial reception in Italy, but it fared better in other countries.
Controversial for Carriers - Great Silence bleak and dark tone, the film's reputation grew, and it gained a cult following in the wake of its release. Having received several theatrical re-releases, most notably in andThe Great Silence is now widely regarded by fans and authorities on Spaghetti Westerns as one of the greatest films of the genre, and is acknowledged as Corbucci's masterpiece.
Praise has gone to the acting, the utilization of snowbound landscapes, Ennio Morricone 's score, and the film's subversion of several conventions of the Western film genre. Henry Pollicut, a corrupt Utahn banker and justice of the peacehas a man named Gordon and his wife murdered by two bounty killers. To prevent Gordon's son from giving them away, one of the killers slices the boy's throat, rendering him Sieg Heil Satan!
- Qassam - حرب أكبر mute. Years later, ina severe blizzard has swept the frontier, bringing privation to the town of Snow Hill. As a result, much of the community is forced to steal in order to survive. Pollicut, seeking to make a profit, places prices on the thieves' heads, attracting the attention of a bounty killer gang led by "Loco". As they prey on the outlaws, Gordon's son, now going by the moniker "Silence", works with the bandits and their allies to fight against the killers.
Silence operates on a principle whereby he provokes his enemies into drawing their weapons first so he can kill them in self-defense with his Mauser C One of the outlaws, James Middleton, leaves the safety of the group to be with his wife, Pauline.
James is subsequently killed by Loco when he takes Pauline hostage. Vengeful, Pauline writes to Silence, requesting him to kill Loco. Meanwhile, the newly-elected Governor, hoping to have order maintained before declaring an amnesty regarding the outlaws, assigns the righteous but bumbling soldier Gideon Burnett as the sheriff of Snow Hill.
On his way, Burnett encounters the outlaws, who steal his horse for food. After getting lost in the snow, he finds a stagecoach travelling to Snow Hill, on which he meets Silence, and later, Loco. Upon arrival, Carriers - Great Silence meets Pauline, who promises to raise his reward. Pauline attempts to sell her house to Pollicut, who demands that she becomes his mistress — his reason for putting a bounty on her husband. Pauline bitterly Carriers - Great Silence.
Silence leaves for the town saloon, and attempts to provoke Loco into drawing. Instead, Loco savagely beats him before Silence fights back. Angered, Loco attempts to shoot him, but he is stopped by Burnett, who arrests him for attempted murder and prepares to take him to a prison in Tonopah. Before leaving, Burnett requests that the townspeople provide food for the outlaws. Meanwhile, Pauline becomes romantically and sexually involved with Silence while tending his wounds.
Burnett and Loco stop by a frozen lake to allow Loco to relieve himself, but he springs a trap, shooting the ice surrounding Burnett and leaving him to die in the freezing water. Loco rides to his hideout and convinces the rest of his gang to confront Silence. Determined to take Pauline by force, Pollicut attempts to rape her as his henchman, Martin, tortures Silence by burning his right hand.
Silence overpowers Martin and kills Pollicut. Loco Carriers - Great Silence his gang arrive to look for Silence, just as the outlaws appear at the edge of town to collect the provisions, having been previously advised to do so by Burnett. Deciding to use them to draw out Silence, the gang herds the bandits into the saloon and captures Pauline. Loco tells Pauline to have Silence duel with him — if Silence wins, the outlaws will be set free; if he wins, they will be killed.
Despite Pauline's pleas that the duel is a trap, Silence stands outside the saloon. A killer shoots his left hand, greatly impairing his speed and marksmanship. Loco then stands in the doorway, ready to face the weakened Silence. Loco fires at Silence's head, killing him. Distraught, Pauline attempts to shoot Carriers - Great Silence herself, but swiftly dies as well. The bounty killers turn their guns on the outlaws, massacring the entire group. As Loco and his men prepare to collect their bounties, he takes Silence's Mauser from Pauline's hands.
The Carriers - Great Silence ride out of Snow Hill into the morning sun. A title card explains that Loco's actions resulted in widespread public condemnation of bounty killing, and a memorial was erected in Snow Hill to honor those who died by his greed.
Due to the bleak nature of the original finale, Corbucci was obliged to shoot an alternate ending to appease his producers, who wanted the film to have a "seasonal" appeal due to its intended Christmas holiday release. Production histories of The Great Silence previously suggested that this "happy" ending was shot specifically for the North African and Asian markets, although there is no evidence to suggest that this ending was seen in Ridin But Walkin - Fats Waller - Complete Recordings Vol.
1 To 10 (1926-1936) region. In this ending, Loco draws his gun without waiting to be prompted by Silence. Suddenly, Burnett, having survived falling into the frozen lake, rides into town on horseback and shoots Loco in the head, allowing Silence to kill the remaining bounty killers. Burnett frees the outlaws as Pauline takes the bandages on Silence's burnt right hand off, revealing a gauntlet that he used for protection, before applying bandages to his wounded left hand.
As Burnett takes the thieves to the local jail to await their amnesty, he asks Silence to become his deputy, which he accepts with a smile.
Corbucci also delivered another, lesser-known ending to his producers. This version serves as a recut of the intended ending with additional footage not seen in the theatrical version. It was never publicly released until it was Carriers - Great Silence among the special features of Film Movement's Blu-ray.
This ending depicts Silence being shot by Loco's Little Willy - Various - Hit Parade 72 in both of his hands before he can draw his gun; wounded, he collapses to the ground as Pauline watches in shock.
Appearing to show a change of heart, Loco gestures to his men to leave the saloon. As a result, the fates of Silence, Pauline and the outlaws are left unknown. In Carriers - Great Silence the alternate endings, film critic Simon Abrams believes that the producers' rejection of both of the above endings was justified, describing them as "emotionally dissatisfying conclusions for Corbucci's otherwise harrowing anti-fable".
While finding the "ambiguous" ending's failures in its lack of answers for the fates of its characters, he considers the "happy" ending "amusing" due to its attempt to overhaul the film's pre-established tone. He also considers the latter to be of interest to fans of Sergio Leone 's films due to Silence's gauntlet serving as a possible reference to Joe 's use of a bullet-proof sheet of metal in A Fistful of Dollars.
Sources:  . BySergio Corbucci had grown weary of making Westerns that varied widely in quality and commercial viability. He had previously considered snowed-in valleys as Carriers - Great Silence setting of Djangoalthough the prior film took place in muddy conditions due to time and budget constraints.
Casting English-speaking lead actors in Spaghetti Westerns was a growing practice because it was believed to allow international marketability. Marcello Mastroianni had conceived the idea of a mute gunfighter when he told Corbucci that he had always wanted to appear in a Western, but would have been held back by his inability to speak English.
To bypass the need for an English-speaking lead, Corbucci decided Carriers - Great Silence turn Trintignant's character into a mute. Corbucci hired established German actor Klaus Kinski to play Loco, a character who was partially intended to emulate Carriers - Great Silencethe vampire played by Boris Karloff in Mario Bava 's Carriers - Great Silence Sabbathwhich served as a major stylistic influence Carriers - Great Silence The Great Silence.
Carriers - Great Silence appearing in Corbucci's film and Luigi Magni 's FaustinaMcGee was invited to return to America by Sidney Carriers - Great Silence where she became a major actress in the blaxploitation genre. Several Snow Hill scenes were shot on a set specifically built for the film, with log cabins and alpine roofs. Many of the surrounding hills were used for various set-pieces, including Loco's gang's hideout, the way station, the stagecoach route and the Snow Hill graveyard.
The Elios Film town set in Rome, which had previously been used by Corbucci in Django Carriers - Great Silencewas used for several Snow Hill scenes including the final duel. Most of the Snow Hill scenes filmed at Elios were shot at night so that the fake "snow" looked more convincing; 26 tons of shaving cream was used to give the street a snowbound look.
According to McGee, Corbucci was "the nicest man" during production, and "never tried to put the make on" her. The actress attributed this to the frequent presence of his wife Nori on the set, noting that "they were such a happy couple. They made it a great environment to work in. Kinski later declared that he insulted Wolff because he wanted to help him get into character.
During the making of the film, Corbucci and Trintignant were interviewed; Corbucci discussed the nature of violence in his films and Spaghetti Westerns in general comparing the use of violence in such films to the James Bond franchisewhile Trintignant spoke of the unusual nature of his role and how he would practice drawing his gun — by pulling a sock substituting for the gloves Silence wears in the film off his hand and reaching for a long-stemmed artichoke in his pocket. Following the film's completion, The Great Silence was, as per standard procedure for a Spaghetti Western, edited in its final, completed form and dubbed into Carriers - Great Silence languages: Italian, French, Spanish, German and English.
Subtitled versions were created for foreign markets outside of the dubbed versions. Although Hart and Ciannelli's dub script remains relatively faithful to the original Italian dialogue, the meaning of numerous lines and scenes were changed; Ciannelli in particular frequently embellished the dialogue of films in the dubbing stage, such as Arizona Themes (Remix) - Asaviour - Play 2 Win The Mixtape Vol: 1. Much of the dialogue concerning the outlaws, such as a remark made by Walter, the leader of the bandits, about their forthcoming amnestyas well as Loco's conversation with Burnett about the morality of the thieves, were rewritten to imply that most of the outlaws were being persecuted not simply because of their poverty, but for also practising Mormonism.
Several of the characters' names were also changed from Corbucci's originals, for example, "Tigrero" became "Loco", "Sheriff Gideon Corbett" changed to "Sheriff Gideon Burnett", and "Bobo Schultz" was renamed "Sanchez".
Film historian Howard Hughes suggests that, despite the implications of a large budget as a result of an international cast, as well as Carriers - Great Silence set and costume designs, there are several aspects that suggest otherwise. These include several continuity errors and revealing mistakes present throughout the film, and a variance in the quality of the film stock.
The Great Silence has been interpreted by various film critics and historians as a subversion of various conventions of the Western film genre. Corbucci, who made his left-wing views either the subtext or subject of several of his films, wrote Coffee Shop de / Shizue Abe - Various - Pony Canyon Nendaibetsu Hit Collection Volume 1 1972-1977 film's story as an allegory highlighting the corruptions stemming from authoritarian forms of capitalismwhich are personified by the sadistic, greedy bounty killers led by Loco who use the bounties to fuel their desires for violence and money while acting under the lawas well as the schemes of the banker Pollicutt.
This is partially in line with the "Classical Plot" of both American Westerns such as Shane and certain Spaghetti Westerns such as A Fistful of Dollarsin which, according to Will Wright, a "lone stranger rides into a troubled town and cleans it up, winning the respect of the townsfolk and the love of the schoolmarm. A key aspect of the film that differentiates its stylistic choices from other Westerns is its setting — a snow-bound Utah that contrasts with the desert plains seen in most Western films, American or Italian.
The bleakness of the winter landscape complements the dark and pessimistic tone of the film, while providing motivation for the characters, as the living conditions and chances of survival are Once More… (Radio Edit) - Orb* - Once More… more dire.
The snowy backdrop isolates the events of the story by providing very little visible geographical detail, and "fair metaphors for the enclosed, cruel world herein" are created. In his analysis of the film, Donato Totaro compares Silence to other Spaghetti Western protagonists, and analyses him in Freudian terms — he is dressed in black like Corbucci's previous creation, Djangois extremely fast and accurate with his gun, and is anti-heroicsharing some of his characteristics with Loco both will kill other people on the grounds that they will receive payment.
However, unlike other " strong and silent " Spaghetti Western characters, such as Django or Joe from A Fistful of DollarsSilence is completely Carriers - Great Silencegiving him a sense of vulnerability and sensitivity. In contrast to the Colt Single Action Army revolvers used by his fellow Spaghetti Western protagonists and the other characters in the film, Silence's choice of weapon is a semi-automatic Mauser C96 — its rapid rate of fire gives him Carriers - Great Silence unfair advantage over his opponents, therefore his marksmanship comes in part from technological, not physical, prowess.
Like Django and Joe before him, Silence's hands are injured prior to the climax, greatly impeding his marksmanship. However, a further link to the bounty killers he fights is established — due to his throat being cut by their kind, Silence frequently shoots the thumbs of his enemies off, rendering them unable to use a gun. Also, unlike Django and Joe, neither his will to survive nor his advanced weaponry can save Silence in the final duel against Loco. The latter then delivers a "symbolic castration ", as described by James Newton, upon the hero by taking the Mauser for himself after killing him.
The Great Silenceas with many of Corbucci's Westerns, is known for its depictions of strong-willed female characters, namely the mother of the young outlaw Miguel who requests Silence to kill Loco's compatriot CharlieRegina, the saloon madam who Sherriff Burnett falls for, and Pauline.
She is also shown to be readily in control of her sexuality, as seen in her refusals to become Pollicut's mistress and her seduction of Silence as she tends to his wounds. Pauline is also African-American, and her interracial love scene with Silence has been seen as highly subversive, both in the context of Western films and commercial cinema as a whole.
The deaths of Silence, Pauline and the outlaws at the hands of Loco and his gang are a culmination of the subversive elements of The Great Silence and its anti-authoritarian stance.