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From the Publisher''No other book on Clint Eastwood comes close to what Sam Girgusaccomplishes here in assessing Eastwood’s remarkable - andwholly unexpected - maturation as a film-maker and narrativeartist, and his increasingly complex and sophisticated treatment ofsocial, ethical, interpersonal, and gender-related issues. Indeed,Girgus builds a case for Eastwood’s emergence since the early1990s as America’s consummate auteur - a film-maker who hastaken far greater risks and has made far more significant andmemorable films over the past two decades than any other Hollywooddirector.''
Thomas G. Schatz, The University of Texas at Austin
''This book marks a long-awaited appreciation of the complexityof Eastwood’s directorial and moral vision. Starting withUnforgiven, Eastwood’s main characters have been engaged in asearch for meaning, called upon by the voice of the other toperform a ritual sacrifice on behalf of that other that therebydelivers to the hero a sense of purpose. Invoking Levinas andKristeva, Girgus demonstrates the evolution of the Eastwood herofrom self-sufficient loner to a being entangled in relationships,who challenges the ethical and moral order of thinking and livingin today’s uncertain world.''
John Belton, Rutgers University
''Girgus sharpens his ongoing scholarship on cinema and ethicswith this thought-provoking analysis of the films of ClintEastwood. Eastwood has evolved into arguably the most conflictedand divisive icon in American cinema, reflecting an oceanic careerthat rocks with waves of various social, political, and culturalinfluences and positions. In a historical moment when Hollywood andAmerican society at large are in the throes of rupture andself-redefinition, Girgus offers us a timely and crucial survey ofthe ultimate symbol of what is best and worst about a nationalideology and its film culture.''
Hunter Vaughan, Oakland University