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David Sterritt

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231172011

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231172011.001.0001

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The Cinema of Clint Eastwood

David Sterritt

Columbia University Press

This introductory chapter provides an overview of Clint Eastwood's career both as an actor and director. Eastwood became a movie star by playing the role of the Man with No Name in A Fistful of Dollars (1964). Since then, Eastwood has been scrutinized by critics, including Pauline Kael, who famously called him ‘a tall, cold cod’, and Jonathan Rosenbaum, who praised him by calling him ‘one of the finest directors alive’. Only in his later years has Eastwood managed to combine more-or-less edgy material with substantial mass-audience appeal, scoring critically and commercially with Unforgiven (1992), Mystic River (2003), and Million Dollar Baby (2004), which garnered eight Academy Award nominations between them. Even the most appalling box-office failures have contributed to Eastwood's celebrity, consolidating his reputation as a versatile screen artist unafraid of artistic and commercial risks. Measured by longevity, productivity, and profits, Eastwood is the most successful actor-director-producer in American film history.

Keywords:   Clint Eastwood, Man with No Name, A Fistful of Dollars, Pauline Kael, Jonathan Rosenbaum, Unforgiven, Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby, Academy Award, American film history

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