A strange western that has little heroic about it, none of it's heroes being terribly nice. Il Grande Silenzio is more of a gritty drama about the imperfections of man-made law then a traditional heroic tale.
Trintigniant as Silenzio manages to look both rugged and refined, burnt-out and sensitive at the same time. He hasn’t got a a lot of scenes, considering he’s the main character, but all of them are memorable.
Kinski is excellent as the cold and calculating killer Loco. Luckily he’s got quite a substantial role this time. Luigi Pistilli creates a truly hateful character as Pollicut. Genre stalwart Mario Brega plays Loco’s retarded henchman.
Director Corbucci’s stylistic choices are very interesting and unusual for the time. Tense, dramatic soundtrack is another Morricone classic.
Il Grande Silenzio is one of the cruelest and most sombre films I’ve ever seen, with a violent, downbeat climax. A very unusual spaghetti western that warrants repeat viewings and lives up to the hype of being among the best in the genre.