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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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Portrait of the Artist as a Major Player

Portrait of the Artist as a Major Player

From Pale Rider to Bird

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(p.140) Chapter Five Portrait of the Artist as a Major Player
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The Cinema of Clint Eastwood
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David Sterritt

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231172011.003.0006

This chapter analyses Clint Eastwood's films in the 1980s. Pale Rider (1985) follows a gunfighter known only as the Preacher as he rides into a California mining camp besieged by an avaricious landowner, who has enlisted a corrupt sheriff in his campaign to seize the miners' claims. Heartbreak Ridge (1986) is the second war movie directed by Eastwood. Although its story is set in the present day, its title comes from the Battle of Heartbreak Ridge, a month-long clash in the Korean War that produced notably high casualties among American, French, Chinese, and North Korean troops. Bird (1988) is a biopic about Charlie Parker, the legendary alto-sax player known as Yardbird or just Bird to his contemporaneous fans.

Keywords:   Pale Rider, Preacher, Heartbreak Ridge, Korean War, Bird, Charlie Parker

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