Clint Eastwood: Interviews

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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.
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Overview

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 (Honkytonk 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 many American critics had not yet acknowledged him as an actor of merit.

Robert E. Kapsis, author of Hitchcock: The Making of a Reputation, is a professor of sociology and film studies at Queens College, CUNY. Since 1995 he has been executive producer of American Film Masters. Kathie Coblentz is a special collections cataloger at The New York Public Library. She also works on the American Film Masters series.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578060702
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 5/1/1999
  • Series: Conversations with Filmmakers Series
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 965,103
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.68 (d)

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Robert E. Kapsis, Great Neck, New York, is professor of sociology and film studies at Queens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is the author of Hitchcock: The Making of a Reputation and editor of several volumes in the Conversations with Filmmakers Series.

Kathie Coblentz, New York, New York, is a rare materials cataloguer at the New York Public Library.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Chronology
Filmography
No Tumbleweed Ties for Clint 3
Eastwood on Eastwood 7
Clint Eastwood 21
Eastwood Direction 42
Director Clint Eastwood: Attention to Detail and Involvement for the Audience 62
Eastwood: An Auteur to Reckon with 76
Cop on a Hot Tightrope 81
Interview with Clint Eastwood 96
Clint Eastwood: The Rolling Stone Interview 117
Eastwood on Eastwood 130
Clint Eastwood Interviewed by Milan Pavolvic 137
Flight of Fancy 153
Interview with Clint Eastwood 160
Clint Eastwood: Dirty Harry Is No Rookie When It Comes To Directing 172
Interview with Clint Eastwood 176
Portrait of the Gunslinger as a Wise Old Man: Encounter with Clint Eastwood 187
Any Which Way He Can 193
Clint Eastwood Stepping Out 207
America on the Brink of the Void 215
Q & A with a Western Icon 222
Clint Eastwood: The Actor-Director Reflects on His Continuing Career and New Film, Absolute Power 227
Eastwood in His Carmel 233
Index 239
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