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Monday, August 29, 2011

Il Grande Silenzio (The Great Silence), 1968

I found this clip in a Youtube search and although I've never seen the movie, which is a notable spaghetti western by famed director Sergio Corbucci, the silent chemistry between the actors Vonetta McGee and Jean-Louis Trintignant is smoldering. Unfortunately, the lovers have a star-crossed ending according to Wikipedia. Actually their ending is quite brutal as depicted in another clip I discovered (and won't show here) so I don't particularly want to see the whole film.

What I will note is that the storyline is extraordinary in that the Af-Am actor McGee is featured as the wife of a Mormon and then the lover of the protagonist-gunfighter - and this in 1968. Which begs the question whether 21st cinema has truly progressed since this movie. I really don't think so.

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