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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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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Marvelous documentary about the phenomenal career of Clint Eastwood
27 March 2002 | by (Järvenpää, Finland) – See all my reviews

Bruce Ricker's "Clint Eastwood: Out of the shadows" is an outstanding, stylish, interesting and entertaining documentary about my all-time favorite actor - cool and hard-boiled movie legend I've always loved from the bottom of my heart. It's a great flashback (as narrated by Morgan Freeman) to the impressive and respectable life and works of Clint Eastwood. It tells about his passion to jazz, his rise from the small time b-movies of the 50's and television series "Rawhide" to Sergio Leone's beloved Dollars trilogy and eventually his awarded masterpiece "Unforgiven". It tells about his chance to direct his first own ambitious motion picture "Play Misty for me". It tells about the five successful Harry Callahan movies, spectacular anti-Vietnam western "The Outlaw Josey Wales", and his lighter comedic works ("Every which way but loose", "Bronco Billy"...)

It examines his wonderful and colorful cooperation with his dear friend, co-worker and teacher, late director Don Siegel. It explains how and why Clint Eastwood has become perhaps the greatest movie star of the latter half of the 20th century. Besides Clint himself documentary interviews numerous amount of experts (Curtis Hanson, Martin Scorsese...), friends and people he has worked with (including actors like Eli Wallach, Meryl Streep, James Garner, Gene Hackman, Forest Whitaker...) and even Clint's mother. "Clint Eastwood: Out of the shadows" was such a fascinating documentary I never wanted it to end. It should have been at least half hours longer. I recommend it to anyone who loves Eastwood and of course also to the ones who dislike him just to convince how notable, excellent and spectacular actor/director he truly is. 10/10.


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