Dancing with the Double: Reaching Out from the Darkness Within

Drucilla Cornell

in Clint Eastwood and Issues of American Masculinity

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780823230129
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235124 | DOI:
Dancing with the Double: Reaching Out             from the Darkness Within

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This chapter discusses the nature of evil and its relationship to eroticism, the issue of doubling, and the questions Eastwood poses about the relationship between retribution and mercy. Only two of the films considered—Blood Work and Sudden Impact—were directed by Eastwood. He produced Tightrope, while In the Line of Fire merely features Eastwood as the male protagonist; even so, his performances in both films clearly reflect his ongoing engagement with the issues of masculinity and its relationship to violence and eroticism, which is explored.

Keywords: Clint Eastwood; masculinity; eroticism; nature of evil; Blood Work; Sudden Impact; Tightrope; In the Line of Fire

Chapter.  17970 words. 

Subjects: Feminist Philosophy

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