American Masters: Season 15, Episode 1

Clint Eastwood: Out of the Shadows (27 Sep. 2000)

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Documentary that explores actor/director Clint Eastwood and his art by juxtaposing each major stage in his life with a corresponding stage in the thematic development of his work. Clint ... See full summary »



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Himself - Actor (archive footage)
Himself - Film Editor
Herself - Wife / TV Journalist (as Dina Ruiz Eastwood)
Himself - Actor
Himself - Screenwriter / Novelist
Jack N. Green ...
Himself - Director of Photography
Himself - Actor
Himself - Director
Nat Hentoff ...
Himself - Writer
Phyllis Huffman ...
Herself - Casting Director
Joe Hyams ...
Himself - Senior V.P. Publicity Warner Bros.
Dani Janssen ...
Herself - Actor
Pauline Kael ...
Herself - Film Critic (archive footage)


Documentary that explores actor/director Clint Eastwood and his art by juxtaposing each major stage in his life with a corresponding stage in the thematic development of his work. Clint Eastwood tells his own story, from his childhood in Depression-era Northern California, to life in the stratosphere of fame and fortune. He's torn up the wild West, patrolled the mean streets of San Francisco, and even gone into outer space. Follow the on-screen and off-screen life of the Oscar-winning film icon in this retrospective PBS "American Masters" 2000 documentary filled with film clips, archival material and interviews. Clint's "Unforgiven" co-star Morgan Freeman narrates. Written by alfiehitchie

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doesn't get too personal, just the facts on his long career, great clips
28 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This isn't a biography of one of the big icons, never mind movie stars, of the past forty or so years, Clint Eastwood. But it is a perfect (if maybe just slightly short) take on his career as a whole, how he practically fell into acting, and how he has crafted the kind of niche most actors only wish they could attain. He is also shown as a consummate professional as a director, and a lover of jazz. It's really just what it appears to be, a retrospective, but it is one that goes to just that right adulatory rate. The many interviews talk of Clint's star presence, his ambiguity and quiet-side, and how he probably makes for the most lean-moviemaker ever (not in the physical sense necessarily, just in how his films go). I also really enjoyed seeing them go into depth on the films Bird and Unforgiven, as well as giving both sides to the Dirty Harry issue. And Eastwood himself speaks without any pretense, he just speaks his mind on the facts of his career and of the films, no BS (especially when talking of the good and bad of the Sergio Leone films, plus the influence of Don Siegel). Fans should seek it out if they can, either on DVD or on TV by chance. It only goes to, obviously, 2000, and two of his best films have been made since then (with more time to come for others perhaps).

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