FNC 2017 : Il Grande Silenzio (4K Restoration)

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Quentin Tarantino (and Cinematographer Robert Richardson) studied it before shooting The Hateful Eight. At the end of the 1960’s, 20th Century Fox Chief executive, Darryl Zanuck, was so offended by it, he refused to release it in America. It contains a superb score by Maestro Ennio Morricone and it stars screen legends Jean-Louis Trintignant and Klaus Kinski.

It took 50 years, but Sergio Corbucci’s seminal Spaghetti Western, Il Grande Silenzio (1968), has been finally restored (in 4K) by the Cineteca Nazionale of Rome using the film’s original negatives and sound elements. Corbucci’s film about outlaws, in late 19 century Utah, getting unexpected help from a silent gunslinger (Trintignant) against a group of bounty hunters, turns upside down numerous conventions of the Western genre.

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DJANGO – OST

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The AMS label released an LP version of Luis Bacalov landmark score to Sergio Corbucci’s original Django (1966). Despite the awful cover Art, it is great.

As usual, within the 60’s Spaghetti western circles, Maestro Bruno Nicolai is conducting. He does, this time again, an amazing job with limited means.

Two years after Ennio Morricone made it an all new scoring game with the A fistful of Dollars OST, Bacalov stepped in to underscore Corbucci’s nihilistic, moody and violent take on the basic outline of a stranger (Django) turning a (near Ghost) town upside down by turning its unwelcome visitors against one another.

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MORRICONE: Il grande silenzio (The Great Silence)

 

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Dagored just released, for the first time in decades (on vinyl), Ennio Morricone’s soundtrack to Sergio Corbucci’s thrilling 1968 Spaghetti Western  Il Grande Silenzio (starring J-L Trintignant and Klaus Kinski) in a limited edition of 500 copies with the original poster painting by artist Sandro Simeoni, a specialist of Italian film posters, as the cover. Sadly the liner note is almost nonexistent with this release.

A beautiful and melancholic score, Starting with a ballad for the titles theme,  Il Grande Silenzio rapidly takes a sombre tone to embody the deadly snowy landscapes which are the theater of some grotesque violence Corbucci’s style. Morricone follows with some chilling trumpet solos, one of the great piece the maestro wrote for this instrument.

With no surprise, the soundtrack also features the voices of the eternal choir of Cantori Moderni di Alessandroni which played such a great role in the popularity of these Euro-Westerns scores. Their addition, if this time not as prominent as in other landmark western scores by the maestro, is nonetheless beautiful and effective as ever.

The ensemble score, very ambient at times, under direction of the late Bruno Nicolai, offers your iconic electric bass,  12 strings guitar and of course the distinct Whistling of legendary Alessandro Alessandroni. You add detuned flutes and even keyboards, sitar and tabla and you get Morricone at his finest.

It’s apparently one of his personal favorites. An Aficionados pick. (S.F)

HATEFUL EIGHT CONNECTIONS

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Upon the release of HATEFUL EIGHT you might be interested to look for these titles:

Cut throat 9 (Joanquin Luis Romero Marchent, spain, 1972)
Probably the major influence on HATEFUL EIGHT (notice the similarity of the title), this Spanish entry in the Spaghetti Western genre is from the early 70’s and was considered pretty violent for its time (patrons would receive a terror mask to hide their eyes upon buying a ticket). On a snowy mountain road with a group of chained-gang convicts, an army officer, accompanied by is (of course) beautiful daughter, must bare vicious attacks from a band of outlaws… It’s by no way a masterpiece, but it is entertaining…

Day of the Outlaw (Andre De Toth, US, 1959)
Director DeToth (House of Wax, Them) offers one his best films with this dark western, starring  Continue reading