I read the title of the article and quickly, but calmy, closed the window.
A shame, as the final paragraph is quite exciting to read:
Though the "Dollars" movies are now justly regarded as classics--they were
critically dismissed at the time as sadistic trash--Leone has never quite
received his due as the progenitor of a new kind of movie. In speaking of 1960s
European cinema, critics sing the praises of Fellini, Godard, Truffaut,
Antonioni, and Bergman--and yet Leone, whose influence matches any of those
filmmakers', barely gets a mention. Introducing a cinephilic sensibility to mass
audiences, his movies prefigured our borderless pop culture and served as a key
text for future filmmakers, from Martin Scorsese to John Woo to Quentin
Tarantino. To watch the "Dollars" movies now isn't just to behold the
reinvention of a genre--it's to be transported to the birth of a pop aesthetic.
Of course, you and I have long known that Leone is the equal of Fellini, Godard, et al., but it's great to see a mainstream journalist stating it so matter-of-factly.