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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Episode complete credited cast:
Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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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A wonderful toast to an amazing cinema great
27 February 2005 | by (Detroit) – See all my reviews

This film capped off my Clint Eastwood-a-thon. Expertly narrated by Morgan Freeman, this film is a great tribute to the icon that is Clint Eastwood. The interviews with his costars and himself shed an amazing light on the whole experience and what it is like to work for such an amazing director. He is truly a rare gem, a director who knows what he wants, and far more impressive, is able to capture it. Before I started watching many of his films, I always regarded him as an actor, simply because I never knew the breadth of his work. I have since corrected myself, and regard him simply as a cinematic genius. I do have one small problem with this documentary, however. They made no mention of his third directorial effort, Breezy, which I very much enjoyed. I think when reviewing his entire career, even his bit parts in the late 50s and early 60s, surely you could make mention of all of his directorial efforts, especially the first film he didn't take an acting part in. To every fan of director Eastwood, I highly recommend Breezy, a heartfelt film with some fine acting and directing.

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