Clint Eastwood

"His better films as a director have a richness to them, not just stylistically - though in those respects he has learned well from Leone's concern with lighting and composition and from Siegel's way with in-frame movement, editing, and tight narration - but also a moral complexity which belies the one-dimensionality of the Eastwood image." - Andrew Tudor (The St. James Film Directors Encyclopedia, 1998)

Clint Eastwood

Director / Actor / Producer / Composer
(1930- ) Born May 31, San Francisco, California, USA
Top 250 Directors / 21st Century's Top 50 Directors

Key Production Countries: USA, Australia
Key Genres: Drama, Thriller, Western, Outlaw (Gunfighter) Film, Crime Drama, Crime, Psychological Thriller, Revisionist Western, War Drama, Romantic Drama, Sports Drama, Political Drama
Key Collaborators: Joel Cox (Editor), Henry Bumstead (Production Designer), Lennie Niehaus (Composer), Tom Stern (Cinematographer), Jack N. Green (Cinematographer), Bruce Surtees (Cinematographer), Ferris Webster (Editor), Robert Lorenz (Producer), Robert Daley (Producer), Gary Roach (Editor), James J. Murakami (Production Designer), Edward Carfagno (Production Designer)

"Quick to capitalize on his box-office clout and take control of his own career, Eastwood formed his Malpaso company in 1970 and forged a long, stable relationship with Warner Bros, who distributed all his films from 1975. Using a tight-knit team of trusted collaborators, keeping overheads low and shooting with legendary speed, Eastwood was a model producer. It has bought him a degree of autonomy. Whether by arrangement or innate caution, over the last three decades, he has alternated overtly commercial vehicles, especially police thrillers in the Dirty Harry mould, with more personal projects... Eastwood came into his own in his seventies - it's hard to think of any other American filmmaker who has been so productive at this age. The American Film Institute named his recent output as the "greatest cinematic work of the twenty-first century. But what's most interesting about these later movies is that they make no bones about being an old man's films. That isn't always a compliment; some of his movies can seem lazy and complacent." - Tom Charity (The Rough Guide to Film, 2007)
"The variety Eastwood's audacity brings to his work is perhaps the most attractive aspect of his art: defined by an assured sense of pace, the uncluttered, stylish camerawork of regular collaborator Bruce Surtees, and his own effectively understated performances, Eastwood's best films remain fine examples of well-crafted, intelligent popular entertainment." - Geoff Andrew (The Film Handbook, 1989)
"He has used the control over his films to fashion one of the longest and most fascinating examinations of masculinity in American cinema, especially with respect to themes of individuality, violence, and more recently, ageing. Furthermore, this masculinity has been inseparable from the national culture in which it is conceived, with Eastwood's films consistently exploring his country's myths and legends through such emblematically American genres as the western, the road movie and the action film." - Andrew Syder (Contemporary North American Film Directors, 2002)
"Eastwood the director is infinitely more interesting than Eastwood the superstar, but his films are less predictable. Quite how the man who made Play Misty for Me and The Outlaw Josey Wales could also make The Eiger Sanction and The Gauntlet is a little baffling. But one gets the impression, to echo T.S. Eliot, that 'he will do as he do do, and there's no doing anything about it!" - David Quinlan (Quinlan's Film Directors, 1999)
"Has displayed a talent for cinematography and editing, as well as the ability to direct actors." - William R. Meyer (The Film Buff's Catalog, 1978)
"Approaching a film as a director and approaching it as an actor are quite different. As a director, you usually approach a film as you would like to see it in its entirety. And as an actor, you’re thinking, well, how does the character relate? Is this a character that I find appealing? Is this a character I’d like to see? They really are different. I directed films that I haven’t acted in because there was no role for me in them. When that happens, I can just stay in the directorial department. But if I’m looking at a project where there might be a role in it for me, then I start thinking about how I am going to do it." - Clint Eastwood (The Directors: Take Three, 2003)
"There's a lot of great movies that have won the Academy Award, and a lot of great movies that haven't. You just do the best you can." - Clint Eastwood
TSPDT Guide
Highly Recommended
The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) , Unforgiven (1992)
Recommended
Play Misty for Me (1971), High Plains Drifter (1973), Breezy (1973), Honkytonk Man (1982), Bird (1988), The Bridges of Madison County (1995), Absolute Power (1996), Million Dollar Baby (2004) , Letters from Iwo Jima (2006) , Gran Torino (2008)
Worth a Look
Bronco Billy (1980), Pale Rider (1985), Heartbreak Ridge (1986), White Hunter, Black Heart (1990), Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997), Blood Work (2002), Mystic River (2003) , Flags of Our Fathers (2006), Changeling (2008)
Approach with Caution
The Eiger Sanction (1975), Sudden Impact (1983), A Perfect World (1993), True Crime (1999), Space Cowboys (2000), Invictus (2009), J. Edgar (2011)
Acclaimed Films / IMDB Filmography
1,000 Greatest Films 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films
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Films / Books
    The Outlaw Josey Wales
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