Clint Eastwood: Filmmaker and Star

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For nearly thirty years, Clint Eastwood has had an unchallenged position as one of Hollywood's biggest and most enduring stars. Always able, it seems, to work within the Hollywood system on his own terms, Eastwood has created a gallery of heroes, many clearly descended from his laconic Man With No Name for Sergio Leone, as well as more vulnerable characters such as the DJ in Play Misty For Me, or even the redneck of Every Which Way But Loose. However, in serious critical discussions of 'seventies and 'eighties ...
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Overview

For nearly thirty years, Clint Eastwood has had an unchallenged position as one of Hollywood's biggest and most enduring stars. Always able, it seems, to work within the Hollywood system on his own terms, Eastwood has created a gallery of heroes, many clearly descended from his laconic Man With No Name for Sergio Leone, as well as more vulnerable characters such as the DJ in Play Misty For Me, or even the redneck of Every Which Way But Loose. However, in serious critical discussions of 'seventies and 'eighties cinema, Eastwood's work has mostly been relegated to the sidelines as being "simple" and/or politically reactionary popular entertainment. All this has changed since the rapturous critical reception of Unforgiven (1991), which won Eastwood a well-deserved Academy Award. This book presents Eastwood's work as a body of filmmaking with a crucial place in the mainstream American cinema of the past two decades. It deals with the films in which he starred for other directors, notably Dirty Harry and his other movies with Don Siegel, and films such as Bird of which he was director but not star, as well as his frequent work in both capacities. Rather than giving a chronological account of Eastwood's career (the approach of most other books about him), Edward Gallafent groups his movies for consideration within the genre or cycle to which they belong, setting them among other, comparable filmmaking of the time. Instead of attempting either to demonize or to elevate Eastwood, the book stresses his position within an American cultural and historical framework, relating it to current issues in American cinema.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780826406651
  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/1/1994
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.92 (w) x 10.04 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements and Note on Sources 6
Introduction: Echoes and Escapades 7
1 The Dollars Films 11
A Fistful of Dollars
For a Few Dollars More
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
2 The Callahan Films 35
Dirty Harry
Magnum Force
The Enforcer
Sudden Impact
The Dead Pool
Tightrope
3 Sentimental and Otherwise 73
The Beguiled
Play Misty for Me
Breezy
4 The Later Westerns 102
Hang 'Em High
Two Mules for Sister Sara
Paint Your Wagon
Joe Kidd
High Plains Drifter
The Outlaw Josey Wales
Pale Rider
5 The War Movies 138
Where Eagles Dare
Kelly's Heroes
Escape from Alcatraz
Firefox
Heartbreak Ridge
6 Eastwood's Travels: The Road Movies 156
Coogan's Bluff
Thunderbolt and Lightfoot
The Gauntlet
Every Which Way But Loose
Any Which Way You Can
Bronco Billy
Honkytonk Man
Pink Cadillac
7 American Lives 199
Bird
White Hunter, Black Heart
8 The Idea of Order at Big Whiskey 217
Unforgiven
In the Line of Fire
9 The Ragged Promised Land 231
Filmography 238
Bibliography 252
Index 254
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