Clint Eastwood: Interviews

Clint Eastwood: Interviews

by Robert E. Kapsis
     
 

ISBN-10: 1578060699

ISBN-13: 9781578060696

Pub. Date: 05/01/1999

Publisher: University Press of Mississippi

"I began to direct my own films in 1970. At that time the only means I had to be able to direct was to act in the films. . . . It was a practical question at the time. Afterwards, I grew to like it." As a star, Clint Eastwood is recalled primarily for two early roles—the "Man With No Name" of three European-made Westerns and "Dirty" Harry Callahan, the

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"I began to direct my own films in 1970. At that time the only means I had to be able to direct was to act in the films. . . . It was a practical question at the time. Afterwards, I grew to like it." As a star, Clint Eastwood is recalled primarily for two early roles—the "Man With No Name" of three European-made Westerns and "Dirty" Harry Callahan, the uncompromising cop who spoke softly and carried a big gun in five movies. But like few other stars, Eastwood has shaped his own career by appearing almost exclusively in films he produced or co-produced, frequently under his own direction. No other contemporary dramatic star has directed himself so often. His acclaim as a director began in the late '70s and reached a peak with the 1992 release of his Oscar-winning Unforgiven. Eastwood has steered a remarkable course as an independent filmmaker. He is a film industry insider who works through the established Hollywood system, yet he remains an outsider by steadfastly refusing to heed cultural and aesthetic trends in film production and film style. Films he has directed have examined artists' lives (Honkeytonk Man, 1982; Bird, 1988; White Hunter, Black Heart, 1990) and called into question his own star image (The Gauntlet, 1977; Bronco Billy, 1980; Unforgiven, 1992) while remaining accessible to a popular audience. The interviews collected here range over the nearly three decades of Eastwood's directorial career. Their emphasis is on practical filmmaking issues and on his philosophy of filmmaking. Nearly half are from British and European sources. The latter, appearing in English for the first time, show how Europeans were praising him as a director while manyAmerican critics had not yet acknowledged him as an actor of merit. 6 x 9 in., 256 pages (approx.), introduction, chronology, filmography, index, 10 b&w photographs

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ISBN-13:
9781578060696
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
Publication date:
05/01/1999
Series:
Interviews with Filmmakers Series
Pages:
256

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Chronology xxiii

Filmography xxxi

No Tumbleweed Ties for Clint Rex Reed / 1971 3

Eastwood on Eastwood Stuart M. Kaminsky / 1971 7

Eastwood Direction Richard Thompson Tim Hunter / 1976-77 20

Director Clint Eastwood: Attention to Detail and Involvement for the Audience Ric Gentry / 1980 40

Eastwood: An Auteur to Reckon With Charles Champlin / 1981 53

Cop on a Hot Tightrope David Thomson / 1984 57

"Whether I Succeed or Fail, I Don't Want to Owe It to Anyone but Myself": From Play Misty for Me to Honkytonk Man Michael Henry Wilson / 1984 72

Clint Eastwood: The Rolling Stone Interview Tim Cahill / 1985 93

Eastwood on Eastwood Christopher Frayling / ca. 1985 106

Flight of Fancy Nat Hentoff / 1988 112

Interview with Clint Eastwood Michel Ciment / 1990 119

Interview with Clint Eastwood Thierry Jousse Camille Nevers / 1992 131

Any Which Way He Can Peter Biskind / 1993 142

America on the Brink of the Void Henri Béhar / 1993 156

Q & A with a Western Icon Jerry Roberts / 1995 163

"Truth, Like Art, Is in the Eyes of the Beholder": Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and The Bridges of Madison County Michael Henry Wilson / 1998 168

A Conversation with Clint Eastwood about Mystic River Charlie Rose / 2003 178

Mystic River: Eastwood, without Anger or Forgiveness Samuel Blumenfeld / 2003 189

Staying Power Amy Taubin / 2005 193

Eastwood's Letters from Iwo Jima Terry Gross / 2007 206

The Quiet American Geoff Andrew / 2008 219

Do You Feel Lucky, Monk? Nick Tosches / 2008 226

Clint Eastwood, America's Director: The Searcher Scott Foundas / 2008 23

Eastwood on the Pitch: At Seventy-Nine, Clint Tackles Mandela in Invictus Scott Foundas / 2009 234

Interview with Clint Eastwood: First, Believe in Yourself Michael Henry Wilson / 2010 245

With J. Edgar, Eastwood Again Flexes His Freedom Scott Bowles / 2011 252

For Further Reading 257

Index 259

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