The Great Silence

Director: Sergio Corbucci
Year Released: 1968
Rating: 1.0

There are lots of brown horses and white snow (a lot of it being shaving cream) in this admittedly terrible Uh-Oh SpaghettiOs western, with the mute, "good" bounty hunter Silence (Jean-Louis Trintignant) commissioned to kill "bad" bounty hunter Loco (Klaus Kinski) by a widow (Vonetta McGee) in revenge for her husband's murder. Trintignant's character's lack of speech is actually a blessing, because the less bad dubbing and bad dialogue that anyone has to hear is for the better, and Corbucci's a pretty sloppy filmmaker to boot. Of (dubious) note for its notoriously downbeat ending - in which all potentially 'good' characters are wiped out and Evil Triumphs - that feels like an extra hard slap-in-the-face after the extraordinary mediocrity that precedes it.