Autobiography of Clint Eastwood up to his movie "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil."

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This 70-minute documentary on the life of landmark actor and director Clint Eastwood profiles the career of Eastwood from his early days as a Universal Studios contract player, through his legendary standing as both a superstar and an Oscar-winning director. Written, produced and directed by noted film critic Richard Schickel and narrated by John Cusack, Eastwood himself hosts, giving information and insight to his remarkable filmmaking career. Included are clips from many of the films he starred in and directed including his work on the "Man With No Name" trilogy, the "Dirty Harry" films, "Play Misty For Me" (his directorial debut), "The Bridges of Madison County", "Bird", "The Outlaw Josey Wales", "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" (co-starring Cusack), and the Oscar-winning "Unforgiven." Written by alfiehitchie

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Critic John Hartl of The Seattle Times wrote in his review that "Clips from the Locke/Eastwood movies have been edited so carefully that she doesn't appear to have been in any of them. It's like making a documentary about Humphrey Bogart and failing to mention Lauren Bacall." Of Eastwood's attempt to impose a distorted image on the audience, Locke said "It is one example of the pettiness that is Clint. There is never a win win situation for him. There is only he wins, everyone else loses - that is if they challenge him, which I did." See more »

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Clint by Clint
1 September 2009 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

An interesting documentary that was shown on a cable station not too long ago. Directed by Richard Schickel, a film critic, and director, whose specialty is to chronicle screen luminaries. The director, whose love for films shows in his other pieces presents his viewers people whose work, and lives merit examination. Mr. Schickel's subject on this 1997 made for television documentary is a man with a long and rewarding film career, both as a performer and as a canny director: Clint Eastwood.

If there is a man that deserves this loving tribute is Mr. Eastwood. He has been involved in the film industry for quite a while. He is a talented man that has given movie fans the best of himself. The documentary follows Mr. Eastwood in chronological order from his early television success in "Rawhide" to the 'spaghetti westerns" that follow, to his Hollywood career in front, and behind the camera. Mr. Eastwood love for music, and jazz, in particular, gives the viewer an inside of the man that has successfully incorporated this truly American expression in song to most of his work.

The film is narrated by John Cusack. One can highly recommend it to Mr. Eastwood fans for the treat it is to sit through its short 68 minutes running time. Kudos to Mr. Schickel for his own take on one of the most original and talented men of the world of films.


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