The Great Silence
Jean-Louis Trintignant and Klaus Kinski star in this astonishingly transgressive Spaghetti Western from director Sergio Corbucci (Django). The film is a favourite of Quentin Tarantino, who borrowed both Ennio Morricone and the snowbound setting for his Hateful Eight.
Trintignant is Silence, a bounty hunter hot on the heels of the film’s acting bastard, gang leader Loco (Kinski). The backdrop to the film is the mountainous state of Utah, where the snow – exceptional for a Spaghetti Western – is more than knee deep. Trintignant’s silence is functional, Kinski is functionally brutal and mad and the guns are ablaze.
This 4K restoration screening will be introduced by Des O'Rawe, Film Studies at Queen's.
Dir: Sergio Corbucci, Italy/France, 1968, 105 mins., 15
THE OTHER '68: Alternative Takes on Turbulent Times
In the history of cinema, 1968 is often associated with images of students rioting in Paris, the assassination of Martin Luther King, the escalation of war in Vietnam, and the wider culture of protest and civic activism. QFT, in partnership with Film Studies at Queen’s, presents a short season exploring some contemporary films that have a more oblique – but no less significant – relationship with the upheavals of ‘68.
Part of Uprising: Spirit of ’68, a season supported by funds from the National Lottery, led by Film Hub Midlands on behalf of the BFI UK Film Audience Network.