Aim for the Heart: The Films of Clint Eastwood

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I.B.Tauris, Jul 30, 2009 - Performing Arts - 272 pages
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Clint Eastwood is one of the world’s most popular action stars,who has matured into a fine American producer-director. Entertaining, illuminating and packed with information, up to and including The Changeling, this is the first book to cover his full life in the movies, from his beginnings in 1950s B-movies and in TV’s Rawhide to Gran Torino showing how as both actor and filmmaker Eastwood aims for the heart of the drama, whatever the story. Howard Hughes follows Eastwood’s craft through over 50 movies. He looks at his launch into superstardom in Sergio Leone’s 1960s spaghetti westerns. Back in America, he built on his success as western hero with such films as High Plains Drifter and The Outlaw Josey Wales, winning an Oscar for Unforgiven in 1992. He blasted his way through the seventies and eighties as Inspector Harry Francis Callahan, the last hope for law enforcement in San Francisco. He also monkeyed around in two phenomenally popular films with Clyde the orang-utan, which brought tough-guy Eastwood to a whole new audience and made him the biggest box office star of his generation. Aim for the Heart also looks at Eastwood’s more unusual roles, including The Beguiled, The Bridges of Madison County and Million Dollar Baby. Since 1970, he has enjoyed parallel success as directorproducer of his own Malpaso Productions, with Bird, Mystic River and Letters from Iwo Jima, demonstrating formidable directing credentials. Aim for the Heart covers all Eastwood's movies of many genres in detail, and Eastwood’s story is illustrated with film stills, glimpses behind the scenes, and rare poster advertising material. Aim for the Heart also includes the most comprehensive credits filmography has ever compiled on Eastwood’s work, as star and director.

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The Comedies
Every Which Way But Loose 1978
Bronco Billy 1980
Any Which Way You Can 1980
Pink Cadillac 1989
The Dramas
Honkytonk Man 1982
Bird 1988

Two Mules for Sister Sara 1970
Joe Kidd 1972
High Plains Drifter 1973
The Outlaw Josey Wales 1976
Pale Rider 1985
Unforgiven 1992
The Cops
Coogans Bluff 1968
Dirty Harry 1971
Magnum Force 1973
Sudden Impact 1983
Tightrope 1984
City Heat 1984
The Dead Pool 1988
The Rookie 1990
In the Line of Fire 1993
A Perfect World 1993
The Lovers
The Witches 1967
The Beguiled 1971
Play Misty for Me 1971
Breezy 1973
The Bridges of Madison County 1995
White Hunter Black Heart 1990
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil 1997
Space Cowboys 2000
Mystic River 2003
Million Dollar Baby 2004
The Thrillers
Escape from Alcatraz 1979
Absolute Power 1996
True Crime 1999
Blood Work 2002
The War Movies
Where Eagles Dare 1968
Kellys Heroes 1970
Firefox 1982
Heartbreak Ridge 1986
Flags of Our Fathers 2006Letters from Iwo Jima 2006
Eastwood Filmography
The Enforcer 1976
The Gauntlet 1977
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