[quote=“stanton, post:9, topic:729”]SWs were widely ignored by american critics and intellectuals in their heydays, even the Leone films were not reputable in the years of their american release, they were regarded as violent trash.
Sure, they earned much money for UA, because they were cheap, but if you compare the box office of the Dollar Trilogy with the income of several late 60s american westerns, it is disillusional. Even a lousy film like Paint Your Wagon has made more then twice of the money that GBU has made, and GBU was the biggest hit of all SWs in the USA. A half as attractive Eastwood western like Hang 'em High or rubbish like The Cheyenne Social Club were also more successful. Unbelievable.
I think only a few american westerns in the 70s were influenced by SWs.[/quote]
This is sad but true. The gross of Hollywood westerns dwarfed that of any of the Leone westerns in initial domestic release. However, I believe over time the popularity of the Leone westerns has grown and even eclipsed that of the american westerns. Take imdb for example, GBU has garnered more votes on that site than any other western. Once upon a time in the west bombed in its initial US release but has since gone on to be an undeniable classic.Spaghettis where considered trash back than, but they are more accepted now, less stigmatized because of more revisionist thinking.
Having said all that, I believe that many backward thinking people even today, think SW’s are trash, and Mr. Hutton is one of them. If you look at his list, it is actually quite a good list of Hollywood westerns! I am sure his knowledge of Hollywood westerns is considrable. I believe that when he finds SW’s “annoying”, his incompetance as a critic has more to do with his narrowmindedness and ignorance rather than lack of knowledge or intelligence. He is obviously a very intelligent man, but like alot of professors, he tends to abide by only one school of thought while shutting the windows on others.
Remember, Spaghetti Westerns arre for open minded people!