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New Essays on Clint Eastwood

ISBN-10: 160781207X
ISBN-13: 9781607812074
Edition: 2012
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Description: New Essays on Clint Eastwood is a companion to Engel’s previous book, Clint Eastwood, Actor and Director: New Perspectives. It includes discussion of some of Eastwood’s most recent films as well as his earliest work, and deepens our overall  More...

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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: University of Utah Press
Publication date: 9/30/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 328
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

New Essays on Clint Eastwood is a companion to Engel’s previous book, Clint Eastwood, Actor and Director: New Perspectives. It includes discussion of some of Eastwood’s most recent films as well as his earliest work, and deepens our overall appreciation of his artistry and his growth as an ever more accomplished storyteller. The contributors to this new volume examine Eastwood’s body of work as both actor and director: his portrayal of Rowdy Yates in the television series Rawhide, his directorial debut with Play Misty for Me, his directorial and starring role in Gran Torino, and his recent directorial successes with Hereafter and J. Edgar.A common thread throughout the volume is the respect for Eastwood’s commitment to cinematic storytelling. Indi-vidually and collectively, the essays highlight the variety and complexity of Eastwood’s themes and his accomplish-ments throughout a lifetime of endeavors. Examining his Westerns and detective films illustrates how Eastwood left his iconic stamp on those genres, while discussion of his more recent films expounds on his use of family, history, and myth to transcend generic conventions and to project a hard-won vision of a united humanity beyond the separation of ethnic, racial, and national conflicts. Cumulatively, the essays remind us of his lifelong devotion to perfecting his artistry and his powers as a storyteller.

Foreword: Why Do We Turn to Eastwood Now?
Acknowledgments
Introduction: What Is Past, or Passing, or to Come
"Landscape as Moral Destiny": Mythic Reinvention from Rowdy Yates to The Stranger
Thoroughly Modern Eastwood: Male/Female Power Relations in The Beguiled and Play Misty for Me
Clintus and Siegelini: "We've Got a System. Not Much, but We're Fond of It"
Rawhide to Pale Rider. The Maturation of Clint Eastwood
Eastwood's Treatment of the Life of Creativity and Performance in Bronco Billy, Honkytonk Man, White Hunter Black Heart, and Bird
"You Can't Hunt Alone": White Hunter Black Heart
The End of History and America First: How the 1990s Revitalized Clint Eastwood
"A Man of Notoriously Vicious and Intemperate Disposition": Western Noir and the Tenderfoot's Revenge in Unforgiven
A Good Vintage or Damaged Goods? Clint Eastwood and Aging in Hollywood Film
Space, Pace, and Southern Gentility in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Mystic River as a Tragic Action
Lies of Our Fathers: Mythology and Artifice in Eastwood's Cinema
Eastwood's Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from two Jima: The Silence of Heroes and the Voice of History a
Gran Torino: Showdown in Detroit, Shrimp Cowboys, and a New Mythology
Invictus: The Master Craftsman as Hagiographer a
Hereafter. Dreaming beyond Our Philosophies
Citizen Hoover: Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar a
Filmography
Contributors
Index

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