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Clint Eastwood: Interviews (Conversations with Filmmakers Series) Paperback – May 1, 1999
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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.Read more ›
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Overpriced and dull, the Authors do not share an insightful thought between them. Better biographies available from McGilligan or Shickel.Published on October 18, 2007 by C. Pickard
I had to read this book for an English class. It's just a collection of articles of people interviewing Clint Eastwood through the years. Want to know how he makes movies? Read morePublished on November 9, 2002