Conclusion: The Last Take

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:
Conclusion: The Last Take

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This chapter presents some concluding thoughts about Eastwood' films and his ability as a director. Eastwood the director addresses the most urgent and searing questions of ethics and politics today in his films—from the question of evil to the possibility of moral repair and reconciliation. He does so through familiar American genres in film, from the gunslinger West to the police beat, from the boxing ring to the mythic battle fields of our history's greatest war. His films cut us to the core of our being, not because they show us what it means to be a good man but because they illustrate so powerfully what a struggle it is to even make an attempt. These films have, and will continue to have, a profound staying power in what they communicate about human relationships.

Keywords: Clint Eastwood; masculinity; films

Chapter.  2388 words. 

Subjects: Feminist Philosophy

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