by Gary Johnson
Upon its release in 1981, Christopher Frayling's Spaghetti Westerns brought some deserved respect to a sub-genre that many critics had treated with contempt. Previously, many Western critics had refused to consider "Spaghetti Westerns" as a subject for serious criticism. Studies of the Western typically either disregarded "Spaghetti Westerns" entirely or discussed them only briefly and in largely condescending terms. Frayling's Spaghetti Westerns played a major role in changing these attitudes by placing European Westerns within a social, political, and industrial framework.
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