The Great Silence (9/11, 10:40pm)

Screened from the world’s only surviving 35mm print of the film — so catch it now, as you might never have the chance to see it theatrically again! An absolute must-see for western fans, exploitation buffs, and arthouse audiences alike, The Great Silence is a pinnacle in the spaghetti western canon, and the crown jewel in the filmography of director Sergio Corbucci (Django). In the snowswept wilds of Utah — a revolutionary locale for an Italian western — bounty hunter Klaus Kinski has the run of an economically depressed town that’s a haven for collecting prices on victims’ heads, until he meets his match in a mysterious mute outlaw (Jean-Louis Trintignant) who’s roped by a young women into avenging her husband’s murder. In a magnificent non-speaking role, Trintignant cleanly conveys the dense moral ambiguity lurking within a gun-slinging mute who strikes only in self-defense — and is matched every step of the way by the Aryan Kinski, whose fascist behavior gives the film a much more disturbing political subtext than an average Euro western. Never theatrically released in the U.S., Corbucci’s down-tempo, gritty masterpiece remains a milestone in the Italian genre experience, and a potent, unforgettable whallop light years apart from desert-bound ilk like the Sergio Leone classics.
Dir. Sergio Corbucci, 1968, 35mm, 105 min.

Watch the trailer for “The Great Silence”!