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  • Series: Conversations with Filmmakers Series
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi (May 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578060702
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578060702
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,552,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Eastwood's success as an actor has long overshadowed his directing ability, but the latest entry in an academic press series that also spotlights arthouse icons Jean-Luc Godard and John Sayles validates his recognition as a genuine cinematic auteur. The 22 interviews, 7 of which appear in English for the first time, range from 1971, when Eastwood proudly touted his directing debut, Play Misty for Me, to 1998 and a conversation conducted while he prepared to shoot True Crime, the twenty-third film he has directed. Inevitably, there is some repetition in the interviews; particularly good anecdotes resurface over the years. Since the interviews were made for publications including both daily newspapers and cineaste journals, the quality of questions varies. Throughout, however, the hallmarks of an Eastwood shoot are revealed: thorough preparation, emphasis on story, technical acumen, openness to input from crew members, and always coming in on-budget. Notoriously reserved about his personal life, Eastwood is forthcoming about his work, and his verbal unpretentiousness corresponds well to his straightforward filmmaking. Gordon Flagg --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Collected interviews with the actor/director who has directed himself more often than any other contemporary dramatic star

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 3, 1999
Format: Hardcover
An interesting book for serious Clint fans. However, the $45 price tag is a little steep, and unjustifiably so. Very few photos, only black and white. Save your $$ and buy the paperback instead.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By AARON FULLER on July 13, 2005
Format: Paperback
The focus of this volume is Mr. Eastwood the director, and this book collects a good variety of American and international interviews with him discussing his process, from PLAY MISTY FOR ME and THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES to BIRD and UNFORGIVEN and up through MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD & EVIL (the book was published in '99, so of course it does not feature any of his works from this new century). If after MILLION DOLLAR BABY you're finally starting to come around and see Eastwood the artist, this book is a great negotiation of his career in the director's chair, in his own, laconic, well-chosen, unpretentious and to-the-point voice. Highly recommended for any budding or hardcore Clint Eastwood fans alike. Or any serious filmfan, for that matter.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rob on June 17, 2008
Format: Paperback
As this collection of interviews shows, Eastwood has basically said the same thing to many different interviewers over & over during the past four decades. If nothing else the man is at least consistent. It isn't that Eastwood is an uninteresting interview subject but when the same questions - 'how do you approach directing?', 'why do you film so quickly?', 'how do you work with actors?' etc, etc - crop up time & time again the book can't help but get dull very, very quickly. The sad thing is that Eastwood has such a huge & varied body of work that there is an immense amount of productive analysis & discussion that could be done (especially his recent run of work which also happens to be his best). Unfortunately the authors weren't up to that so they settled for this dull tome instead.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By a man from the east coast on December 8, 2011
Format: Paperback
Some other reviewers have posted here that the biographies written on Eastwood make for worthier reading than does this collection of interviews. I disagree.

Yes, some of these interviews are a bit repetitive, inasmuch as Eastwood does tend to utilize the same anecdotes and observations to make his points. However ...

This collection of interviews does indeed give the reader some measure in insight into Eastwood's approach to developing a story and shooting a script. Info abounds regarding the Spaghetti Westerns, such as Eastwood's reworking the screenplays, deleting a great deal of dialog as he did so. This is the beginning of his evolution as a filmmaker; even though those particular films were directed by Sergio Leone, Eastwood's insistance that much of the exposition be removed made a world of difference regarding how this "Man With No Name" character would be received and understood.

(Interestingly enough, Stephen King drew a great deal of influence from Clint's "Man With No Name" in the creation of the character "Roland Deschain" in King's "Dark Tower" series ... so one can see Eastwood's choices regarding the "MWNN" had considerable influence.)

This would become Eastwood's style of telling stories: From "The Outlaw Josey Wales" to "High Plains Drifter" and "Pale Rider", Eastwood insists on involving the audience's intelligence in the way the story is told, such that much exposition is removed, and the audience must therefore make intelligent "fill in the blank" assumptions about the protagonist/anti-hero's background and motivations.

All of this is clearly elucidated by these interviews, and here's the best part:

This is Eastwood talking, not a biographer telling us what to think about Eastwood.
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