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KinoVortex: The Great Silence

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Come April 14, Programmer Colin Geddes will showcase Sergio Corbucci's transgressive 1968 spaghetti western The Great Silence.

Jean Louis Trintignant (The Conformist, Amour) and Werner Herzog's gonzo muse Klaus Kinski star in this astonishingly transgressive spaghetti western from director Sergio Corbucci (Django).

During Utah's Great Blizzard of 1899, a greedy land developer hires a group of ruthless bounty hunters led by "Loco" (Kinski) to kill Mormon settlers in the mountains. The widow of one of the men hires a mute gunslinger known only as "Silence" (Trintignant) to exact vengeance on the hired killers.

Soon, rivers of blood will stain the snow, en route to one of the most stunning endings in genre history. A favourite of Quentin Tarantino— who borrowed both the film's composer Ennio Morricone and the snowbound setting for his The Hateful Eight— The Great Silence was originally denied a theatrical release in North America for its violence, bleakness, and open espousal of radical politics (Corbucci cited the deaths of Che Guevara and Malcolm X as inspirations for the film).

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