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Clint Eastwood : Interviews - Robert E. Kapsis

Clint Eastwood


By: Robert E. Kapsis (Editor), Kathie Coblentz (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st May 1999
ISBN: 9781578060702
Number Of Pages: 304

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As a star, Clint Eastwood is recalled primarily for two early roles--the "Man With No Name" of three European-made Westerns and "Dirty" Harry Callahan, the uncompromising cop who spoke softly and carried a big gun in five movies. But like few other stars, Eastwood has shaped his own career by appearing almost exclusively in films he produced or co-produced, frequently under his own direction. No other contemporary dramatic star has directed himself so often.
His acclaim as a director began in the late '70s and reached a peak with the 1992 release of his Oscar-winning Unforgiven. Eastwood has steered a remarkable course as an independent filmmaker. He is a film industry insider who works through the established Hollywood system, yet he remains an outsider by steadfastly refusing to heed cultural and aesthetic trends in film production and film style. Films he has directed have examined artists' lives (Honkytonk Man, 1982; Bird, 1988; White Hunter, Black Heart, 1990) and called into question his own star image (The Gauntlet, 1977; Bronco Billy, 1980; Unforgiven, 1992) while remaining accessible to a popular audience.
The interviews collected here range over the nearly three decades of Eastwood's directorial career. Their emphasis is on practical filmmaking issues and on his philosophy of filmmaking. Nearly half are from British and European sources. The latter, appearing in English for the first time, show how Europeans were praising him as a director while many American critics had not yet acknowledged him as an actor of merit.

Robert E. Kapsis, author of Hitchcock: The Making of a Reputation, is a professor of sociology and film studies at Queens College, CUNY. Since 1995 he has been executive producer of American Film Masters. Kathie Coblentz is a special collections cataloger at The New York Public Library. She also works on the American Film Masters series.

No Tumbleweed Ties for Clintp. 3
Eastwood on Eastwoodp. 7
Clint Eastwoodp. 21
Eastwood Directionp. 42
Director Clint Eastwood: Attention to Detail and Involvement for the Audiencep. 62
Eastwood: An Auteur to Reckon withp. 76
Cop on a Hot Tightropep. 81
Interview with Clint Eastwoodp. 96
Clint Eastwood: The Rolling Stone Interviewp. 117
Eastwood on Eastwoodp. 130
Clint Eastwood Interviewed by Milan Pavolvicp. 137
Flight of Fancyp. 153
Interview with Clint Eastwoodp. 160
Clint Eastwood: Dirty Harry Is No Rookie When It Comes To Directingp. 172
Interview with Clint Eastwoodp. 176
Portrait of the Gunslinger as a Wise Old Man: Encounter with Clint Eastwoodp. 187
Any Which Way He Canp. 193
Clint Eastwood Stepping Outp. 207
America on the Brink of the Voidp. 215
Q and A with a Western Iconp. 222
Clint Eastwood: The Actor-Director Reflects on His Continuing Career and New Film, Absolute Powerp. 227
Eastwood in His Carmelp. 233
Indexp. 239
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9781578060702
ISBN-10: 1578060702
Series: Conversations with Filmmakers (Paperback)
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 1st May 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.89 x 15.16  x 1.88
Weight (kg): 0.45