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The Cinema of Clint Eastwood

David Sterritt

Published by Columbia University Press

Published in print November 2014 | ISBN: 9780231172011
Published online November 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780231850711 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7312/columbia/9780231172011.001.0001
The Cinema of Clint Eastwood

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He became a movie star playing The Man With No Name, and today his name is known around the world. Measured by longevity, productivity, and profits, Clint Eastwood is the most successful actor-director-producer in American film history. This book examines the major elements of his career, focusing primarily on his work as a director but also exploring the evolution of his acting style, his long association with screen violence, his interest in jazz, and the political views—sometimes hotly controversial—reflected in his films and public statements. Especially fascinating is the pivotal question that divides critics and moviegoers to this day: is Eastwood a capable director with a photogenic face, a modest acting talent, and a flair for marketing his image? Or is he a true cinematic auteur with a distinctive vision of America's history, traditions, and values? From A Fistful of Dollars and Dirty Harry to Million Dollar Baby and beyond, this book takes a close-up look at one of the screen's most influential and charismatic stars.

Keywords: Clint Eastwood; film actor; film director; film producer; American film history; screen violence; jazz; political views

Book.  240 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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