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The Great Silence

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New Restoration! 50th Anniversary!

Friday, May 18 – Monday, May 21

(1968) dir Sergio Corbucci w/Jean-Louis Trintignant, Klaus Kinski, Frank Wolff, Luigi Pistilli [105 min; DCP]
The Brattle is thrilled to host the Boston premiere of this sparkling new restoration of one of the greatest Spaghetti Westerns of the 1960s – long unavailable theatrically in the US.

On an unforgiving, snow swept frontier, a group of bloodthirsty bounty hunters, led by the vicious Loco (mad genius Klaus Kinski of Nosferatu, Aguirre, the Wrath of God, etc) prey on a band of persecuted outlaws who have taken to the hills. As the price on each head is collected one-by-one, only a mute gunslinger named Silence (French arthouse giant Jean-Louis Trintignant of The Conformist) stands between the refugees and the greed and corruption that the bounty hunters represent. But, in this harsh, brutal world, the lines between right and wrong aren’t always clear and good doesn’t always triumph. Featuring superb photography by Silvano Ippoliti and a haunting score from maestro Ennio Morricone, director Sergio Corbucci’s bleak, brilliant and violent vision of an immoral, honorless west is widely considered to be among the very best and most influential Euro-Westerns ever made.

Staff Pick: Dave

“The mood is sometimes jaunty, but “The Great Silence” is no joke, and the fatalism of its ending serves as an implicit critique of the sentimental optimism of many Hollywood westerns.” – A.O. Scott, New York Times

“Even 50 years later, The Great Silence stands majestically as both a blistering comment about its era and a creatively revisionist genre piece.” – Eric Wonder, Film Journal International

“Nothing works out the way these people, not to mention audiences who love classic Hollywood westerns, expect. Not even close.” – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times


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Friday 5/18
at 5:00 7:15 9:30 PM
Saturday 5/19
at 2:45 5:00 7:15 9:30 PM
Sunday 5/20
at 2:45 5:00 7:15 9:30 PM
Monday 5/21
at 5:00 7:15 9:30 PM

Brattle passes accepted. Special, Usher, and Producer members may reserve seats here.