Oct 02

The Great Silence, starring Klaus Kinski and Jean-Louis Trintignant ★★★★

This is one of the Spaggheti westerns, actually filmed in Europe, in the same style as the Clint Eastwood films, such as The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. The music was actually written by the same Italian, Enrico Morricone as “The Good…”. Klaus and Jean-Louis are spectacular in their acting in this film. It is understandable why the film was popular in Europe but not the USA, as it has a sense of dark forbodding, and the evil wins in this film. I am told that the film was based on a true story, but like most Hollywood productions, the truth seems to be twisted and exaggerated with great artistic license. It is no wonder that Europeans have a rather bizarre view of the “wild West” based on what Hollywood tells them about our past in the west. The film has a persisting dark color to it, one of the few westerns that I’ve ever seen filmed entirely in wintertime. Kinski has also formed an indelibile image of himself from the film Nosferatu that is difficult to remove when you see him in other films. With a few alterations of the script, this movie could have been called “Dracula goes west”.

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