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Having already looked at Clint Eastwood’s prodigious output as a director, with genuinely top drawer work spread across the past forty years, it seems like a good time to look at his work as an actor too as his latest film, Trouble with the Curve, is out on DVD now.
After his first significant big screen role (1964′s A Fistful of Dollars), Eastwood averaged better than one lead role a year until the mid-90′s when he finally started to slow down a little (at least in front of the camera) and in the same way as very few directors have as strong a hit-rate as Eastwood over that long a career, so is the case for his acting output. Although he was dismissed in some quarters for years as a grizzled, taciturn performer he has always had range and genuine ability.
As some of the roles featured below demonstrate, »
- Dave Roper
Los Angeles, April 29: At 82, actor-filmmaker Clint Eastwood, who rose to fame with TV series "Rawhide" and later won the best director Oscar for his movie "Unforgiven", dreams of making films for two more decades.
At the Tribeca Film Festival, he said that he admires the 104-year-old Portugese filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira.
Calling the thought as "the ultimate optimism", he said: "It would be great to be 105 and still making films."
- Anita Agarwal
The cabler has typically shown off its movie roots on Saturdays, with a particular focus on Westerns, but is evolving to include in its programming that night original series “Hell,” which will air along with such newly incorporated Paramount Picture films such as “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” and “The Shootist.”
In addition, AMC has acquired TV series “Rawhide,” starring Clint Eastwood, which joins “The Rifleman” on Saturdays beginning April 20, and will also air miniseries “Lonesome Dove” and for the first time “Return to Lonesome Dove.”
- Jon Weisman
In a class by itself, Sergio Leone’s Once Upon A Time In The West (1968) was an emotional, operatic Western that fully deserves to be called a masterpiece and it’s my favorite movie. It’s a grand overview of the themes and ideas that inspired the Italian filmmaker to write and direct films in the distinctly American genre. It stars Henry Fonda, Jason Robards, Claudia Cardinale, and my favorite actor, Charles Bronson as the laconic, vengeance-seeking gunslinger. After the worldwide mega-success of his “Man With No Name” trilogy A Fistful Of Dollars, For A Few Dollars More, and The Good The Bad And The Ugly, Leone could have cast anyone he wanted in the role of ‘Harmonica’, the hero of Once Upon A Time In The West. Charles Bronson had been Leone’s second choice (after Henry Fonda) four years earlier for the lead in A Fistful Of Dollars »
- Tom Stockman
From its very beginnings as a genre, Western film has trafficked in the iconic, in the larger-than-life imagery of the tall tale and the never-ending, expansive wilderness that forms the crucial backbone to these stories. More than perhaps any other genre, Westerns deal in types, with their characters standing in for the Other, the Immigrant, the Hero, and the Villain (in their black hat), telling universal stories of camaraderie and isolation, of running from and fighting for civilization, and morality tested by the harshest circumstances. The conventions of the genre run the gamut, from performance (heroes must be taciturn!) to costuming and scenery (gotta have a tumbleweed), and one of the most important elements to any Western is its score.
Most Westerns, particularly those from the heyday of the genre, feature orchestral scores. Given the American frontier setting, most scores tend to feature a number of specific characteristics which have »
- Kate Kulzick
Jessica Walter has a diverse acting career for more than 50 years, ranging from film to television and every single genre in between. She’s appeared on a multitude of television series from The Alfred Hitchcock Hour to Columbo. In the 90′s, she could be heard on the prehistoric sitcom, Dinosaurs, as the pained upon wife, Fran Sinclair. As of late, she can be seen (and heard) everywhere on the TV Land sitcom, Retired at 35, and as the voice of Malory Archer, on the hit FX series, Archer. She’s also returning to her massively loved role as cold-hearted, and perky Lucille Bluth on the new season of Arrested Development on Netflix in May. She’s also got a long film career as well with roles ranging from Play Misty for Me, to roles in my favorite films growing up, Tapeheads and Pcu. She’s just as whip-funny and warm as she comes off, »
- Nathan Smith
Keeping up with his career plan of paying homage to every film genre going, Quentin Tarantino has moved onto the spaghetti western with Django Unchained (2012). It’s not a remake of the pasta classic Django (1966), or indeed a spaghetti western, but it has clearly taken its inspiration from those violent Italian productions that swamped the late sixties.
Hollywood may have dominated the field since the beginning of motion pictures but European westerns are not exactly new; the earliest known one was filmed in 1910. Sixties German cinema made good use of Kay May’s western heroes Shatterhand and Winnetou, and the British produced The Savage Guns (1961), Hannie Caulder (1971), A Town Called Bastard (1971), Catlow (1971), Chato’s Land (1972) and Eagle’s Wing (1979). When the genre showed signs of flagging in the mid-sixties, a clever Italian director named Sergio Leone took it upon himself to reinvent the western – spaghetti style!
What made the spaghettis »
Feature Paul Martinovic Jan 18, 2013
Howard Hawks, one of the most successful Western directors of all time and a key influence on Sergio Leone, once said a great movie can be defined as one with "three great scenes, and no bad ones." There can be few directors who understood the power of great scenes quite as strongly as Leone, the director of the Dollars trilogy and de facto godfather of the spaghetti western.
Some might argue his emphasis on great individual moments was to his detriment, as the MacGuffin-laden plots of his films seem to exist mainly as devices on which he can hang his elaborate setpieces, and were subsequently labeled as exercises in pure style. While the artistic and intellectual merits of the three films are up for debate, »
8 items from 2013
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