The Directors: Season 2, Episode 6

The Films of Clint Eastwood

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Eastwood An Easy-Going Director To Work For
17 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Although I know many of the films he directs aren't as interesting as the roles he plays, I still thought this would be a worthwhile hour to spend on the Reelz Network. It didn't out to be that way; it wasn't much, not as interesting as other "The Directors" shows. Yet, it had good insights on Eastwood the man. Apparently, he'd be a good director to work for, as he's a mild guy - not the "Dirty Harry" you see on screen.

There weren't as many good insights into Eastwood's films. Part of that is Clint's fault. He's such a low-key guy, that he's dull as a speaker. He's modest enough not to brag about himself and not colorful enough (off-camera) to regale us with great stories.

So, mainly this is a compilation of scenes from the pictures he's directed: from Play Mister For Me in 1971 through Million Dollar Baby in 2004. In between, we see and hear briefly discussed movies such as High Plains Drifter, The Outlaw Josey Wales, The Gauntlet, Bronco Billy, Honky Tonk Man, Firefox, Sudden Impact, Pale Rider, Heartbreak Ridge, Bird, The Rookie, Unforgiven, The Bridges Of Madison County, Absolute Power, Midnight In the Garden Of Good and Evil, True Crime and Space Cowboys.

Eastwood did make a few comments about some of the films, most notably "Unforgiven," in which he received an Oscar. This BIO program devotes more footage to that film than almost all the others combined.

Guest stars on the program - all their to extol Eastwood's virtues as a director - included his daughter Allison, actors Geoffrey Lewis, Morgan Freeman and Pat Hingle, actress Meryl Streep and producer Richard Zanuck.

Perhaps the complimentary descriptions of Eastwood were the most interesting segments in this program. We learn Clint is very efficient with other people's money, easy-going and fun to work with. Eastwood thinks most directors talk too much and can drive actors nuts. He also knows directors can make or break an actor's performance simply in the edit room, choosing what scenes to use and what scenes to cut out of the film.

Listening to him speak, it seemed Clint's favorite film might have been "Bird," since he loved music and grew up listening to jazz: men like Charlie Parker (whom the film is about), Thelonious Monk and others of the '40s and '50s.


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