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The good, the bad and the ugly | 15 November 2018

Every era has its western. Ours happens to be a game of such attritional violence that it will stop those not totally inured in their tracks

Every era has its western. For 30 years, from The Big Trail through to The Searchers, John Wayne reigned supreme across American cinema, a dispenser of justice forged on the battlefields of the Civil War. Then, from the 1960s, John Ford’s foundations were mixed with Italian influences to create the brutal anti-heroes of the spaghetti westerns.

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