The fact that both of the aforementioned films were released during the height of the public’s disapproval of the Vietnam War should not be regarded as merely coincidental, for even the most rudimentary and low-...
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...s in mind, it is unsurprising that the “Golden Age” of the classical Western genre is regarded to be the 1950s. During this era, national solidarity in the United States was high, with polling by the Pew Research Centre suggesting that just 23% of Americans distrusted their country’s government at the time of The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw’s release in 1958. Concurrent with the increase of revisionist westerns produced in the United States, this level of distrust would grow throughout the Vietnam War, with 62% of the public distrusting their public officials by December 1974. However, the fact that Walsh’s revisionist Western questioned American values before the majority of the majority of the country’s citizens developed a cynicism for their government provides an explanation as to why The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw was initially unpopular upon its stateside release.
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