Though best known as an actor, Clint Eastwood has been directing films for 25 years. In that time little has been written about his style or viewpoint. Eastwood has embraced personal projects that investigate the perils of being an artist (such as Bronco Billy and Honkytonk Man) or a misfit or loner (e.g., Breezy and A Perfect World). Eastwood's 18 films as director are analyzed here, showing that they are more a part of his stylistic or aesthetic vision and not merely a showcase for his formidable public persona.
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Clint Eastwood was an early television star who made a successful transition to features, later found fame in "spaghetti Westerns," switched his image in the Dirty Harry cop films, took chances on a risky film like Bird, and gradually attained auteur status for directing and starring in films like the OscarR-winning Unforgiven. At the same time he served as mayor of Carmel, California, proved to be an astute businessman, and made tabloid appearances for his turbulent relationships with wives and girlfriends. Noted film critic and scholar Schickel (Brando, St. Martin's, 1993) reviews Eastwood's career and finds a major theme to be "a rage for order, and also a rage against order." Drawing insights from an "agreeable but scarcely intimate relationship," Schickel sketches Eastwood's creation of screen characters who represent "an isolation more radically withdrawn than anyone has ever offered in movies intended for, and embraced by, a popular audience." Knapp considers Eastwood a "starteur," a movie star who has stayed independent while putting his major concerns, themes, and obsessions on the screen. He discusses Eastwood's take on American violence, his independence, and his surprisingly complex view of male-female relations. Knapp divides Eastwood's film career a bit too neatly into phases but offers a mostly rewarding look at the filmmaker. Both books contain filmographies. Schickel gives a fuller look at Eastwood the man, his early life and career, while Knapp is a bit more detailed in covering some of the lesser films on Eastwood's resume. Schickel's book is recommended for public libraries; large public libraries and film collections should also consider Knapp's study.?Stephen Rees, Levittown Regional Lib., Pa.
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"Knapp closely examines all 18 of the films Eastwood has directed...an overview as interesting as the films themselves" -- Choice
"original and readable" -- Classic Images
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Book Description Mcfarland & Co Inc Pub, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110786402717