the 1990s the western has suffered a serious decline.
are made, and those few are not very good
particularly successful. Clint Eastwood
to have traded in his six-gun for a magnum, and John Wayne has been quoted
as wishing he had done
with more success. The westerns which have appeared recently have seemed
confused and directionless,
the assurance and moral conviction of
predecessors. Most of these films have tried to debunk the mythical
assumptions of earlier westerns,
"High Noon" or "The Wild Bunch" used the western form to question itself.
these earlier efforts, the films of the seventies
a clear vision of an alternative version of the west,
which is more 'realistic' than the mythical one.
a result, the western is no
familiar and soothing, and this
adjustment to it difficult, if not impossible. Thus the loyal audience
loyal and the film-makers understandably
much of their interest
the genre. For the last two decades, westerns have virtually disappeared
be replaced by police and detective series.