Clint Eastwood: A Biography

Clint Eastwood A Biography Authoritative highly nuanced gives the reader a palpable sense of Mr Eastwood s career The New York TimesFrom the moment The Man With No Name first fixed the screen with his murderous squint from the

  • Title: Clint Eastwood: A Biography
  • Author: Richard Schickel
  • ISBN: 9780679749912
  • Page: 466
  • Format: Paperback
  • Authoritative highly nuanced gives the reader a palpable sense of Mr Eastwood s career The New York TimesFrom the moment The Man With No Name first fixed the screen with his murderous squint, from the first time audiences heard Dirty Harry Callahan growl Make my day, Clint Eastwood has been an icon of American manhood in all its coolness and ferocity Bu Authoritative highly nuanced gives the reader a palpable sense of Mr Eastwood s career The New York TimesFrom the moment The Man With No Name first fixed the screen with his murderous squint, from the first time audiences heard Dirty Harry Callahan growl Make my day, Clint Eastwood has been an icon of American manhood in all its coolness and ferocity But that icon is also an actor of surprising subtlety, a filmmaker of vast intelligence and originality and an intensely private man who eludes the stereotypes with which his fans and critics try to label him.In this in depth biography, the distinguished film critic Richard Schickel talks with Eastwood s family, friends, and colleagues and, above all, with his notoriously reticent subject to produce a portrait astute and revealing than any we have ever had Following Eastwood from his unstable childhood through his turbulent love affairs, assessing films from A Fistful of Dollars to the Oscar winning The Unforgiven, and locating the subversive streak of rage and solitude that runs through all his work, Clint Eastwood is candid and endlessly fascinating, an unerring closeup of one of our brightest stars Exhilarating substantial, insightful, and right Newsday

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    1. This book demonstrates there is something to admire about Eastwood (namely his work ethic and relative frugality) but also something to abhor (his womanizing). He is most noted for making non-traditional westerns as opposed to the mythical westerns of John Wayne. Perhaps if he had loosened up the reigns earlier in his career as a director the way he did in "Unforgiven", and every movie thereafter, he might have created more enduring films. Unquestionably an enigmatic figure - rare for a film sta [...]

    2. Very detailed and wordy biography. Well written by Schickel, who seems to be a friend of Eastwood so there is not much criticism of Eastwood himself, but Schickel does still voice his opinion on Eastwood movies and especially its reviewers. You might not agree with all of Schickel comments, but it makes the reading less dry.The first part of the book deals with Eastwoods early life before his movie career, and this is where the book shines and is the most interesting. When his careers starts, th [...]

    3. I like Richard Schickel's biographical books because they are intimate yet respectful. In this biography, Schickel shines the spotlight on Clint Eastwood, one of my favorite actors and directors. The author paints a picture of a boy born in poverty grow to a teenager whose restless nature leads him to venture out. Eastwood's passion with jazz, cars and acting come through. His relationships are laid out and seen for hat they were - impetuous decisions. I love how we learn of his 'big break' in l [...]

    4. Not the best biography. But there is a lot of detail about the making of Clint's movies. So for this fan it was a fun read. Now to find that actual biography about Clint.

    5. I Really Loved This Autobiography on Mr. Eastwood. And I Also Love That He And I Back Our President. Fantastic Book About The movie Icons Life.

    6. Horrible. Agonizingly slow. Word for word conversations between directors and Clint. Scene by scene. I started skipping sections to be done with it.

    7. D'une biographie, on attend en premier lieu qu'elle nous renseigne dans un style agréable sur la personnalté que l'on souhaite découvrir davantage. Ce fut totalement le cas ici : j'adore, comme chacun sait, Clint (à la fois l'acteur et l'homme public dans ses prises de position et dans l'image qu'il présente), et ma passion a été nourrie par le texte de Richard Schikel, par la "reconsitution" du parcours de sa carrière ou de sa vie personnelle, par les petites anecdotes sur tel ou tel to [...]

    8. I started reading this because I know somebody who is a personal friend of Clint. But - jeez - 500 pages is more information than I need about the man, especially when some of it is Richard Schickel, a movie critic, arguing with or refuting other critics such as Pauline Kael. Just tell me about Clint Eastwood, please. The analysis of TV westerns is fascinating as is the making of the first spaghetti western in which an entire genre was invented in a collaboration/clash between Eastwood and Sergi [...]

    9. A Treasure of discovery into the actor, Director's inner workings as the man with no name passes into cinema iconography. We all know who Dirty Harry is, ruthless and thundering through the streets of San Fransisco with 44 magnum, Smith & Weston. What you may ask, does this man do? "Correcting the wrong done by the criminals to the slouching bureaucrats, while keeping all of us morally & rawly entertained by avenging those wrong done by, and giving full autonomy of those avenged". As an [...]

    10. Probably my best choice for anyone wanting to know how Clint Eastwood became the man he is today ranging from his upbringing to his recent past. In my opinion his range of films in both acting and directing is without peer and sometimes not given enough credit. Can you think of an actor/director with the cross section of films like The Good the Bad and the Ugly, Any Which Way But Loose, The Bridges of Madison County, Bird and In The Line of Fire.d hes still going.

    11. Good stories of before he became an actor. The movie topics are a bit ponderous and I felt I needed to skim parts that went too indepth. Hard to tell where author and subject- Clint- opinions and stories blended. The author seems to inject negative opinions throughout. Hard to get through but Clint has lead an interesting life so I tried to read on.

    12. This book is pretty comprehensive. It is really more than I need to know. I admire the movies he has been in and I admire his talent. I do not admire how he treats the ladies in his life, he more or less kicks them to the curb when he done with them and this does not bother him. Good actor, not a very good person.

    13. This is an excellent read about an icon of cinema. If you are interested in cinema or interested in Clint Eastwood, this is a must read. Very comprehensive and a joy to read.

    14. Finally finished this book. Interesting although I believe somewhat biased in Clint's favor. Can't have been much fun being one of the women in his life.

    15. well written, in-depth, very interesting. i am really not a non-fiction person though - i will confess that i skimmed much of it. thorough skimming though.

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