Cinema. Clint Eastwood turns 92: five great films to honor him

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He acted in 72 films and directed another 30. He was considered a cultural icon of masculinity. In 1994 he received the Order of Arts and Letters of the French Republic and in 2007 the Legion of Honor. In 2000 he received the Golden Lion for his entire career at the Venice International Film Festival. He has eight children from six different relationships even though he was only married twice. He is affiliated with the Republican Party of the United States: this is the world of Clint Eastwoodthe Hollywood actor and director who is already a legend.

1) Dirty Harry (Dirty Harry, 1971)

It was directed by Don Siegel and the actor plays Harry Callahan, a San Francisco cop on the trail of a serial killer terrorizing the city. He is kind of western but in the city, where human rights are conspicuous by their non-existence and where everything points to the hunt for the police. The movie launched Clint Eastwood’s career.. With few dialogues, great action scenes, a precise and effective narration, Dirty Harry it was inspiration for many other films that tried to emulate it. The music was composed by the Argentinian Lalo Schifrin, himself from Mission Impossibleand it served as a framework to portray a society that had already finished the sixties flower power to get fully into a context of violence, death that began with the 70’s and was also portrayed in many other films.

2) Il Buono, il brutto, il cattivo (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, 1966)

It was a Spanish, Italian and German co-production directed by Sergio Leone and framed within the subgenre of spaghetti western. The music was composed by Ennio Morricone and it is the third and last film of the so-called dollar trilogypreceded by “For a bunch of dollars” (For a fist of dollars1964) and “Death had a price / For a few dollars more” (For any dollar in più, 1965). All three films starred Clint Eastwood and in this case he stars as a bounty hunter (the Good) who teams up with a hit man and a thief in the Old West during the US Civil War. At first, the film was criticized for its violence, so Leone responded that “the deaths in my films are exaggerated because I want to make a satire of the other westerns. The West was made by violent and uncomplicated men, it is that strength and simplicity that I wanted to reflect in my films”. “the good, the bad and the ugly” was described as the best representative of the European western and considered by Quentin Tarantino as “the best directed film of all time”.

3) The Bridges of Madison County (1995)

It is one of his works as a director and actor. The script is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Robert James Waller and tells the story of the relationship between Francesca, a housewife played by Meryl Streep, and Robert Kincaid, a photographer, played by Clint Eastwood. The film stands out in her filmography for the romantic theme of the plot, which led to an Oscar nomination for the actress. It was a box office success and received excellent reviews.

4) Unforgiven (The Unforgiven, 1992)

It is considered one of the best Clint Eastwood movies., who directs it and also stars in it. The film won 4 Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director. In this western set in 1881, Eastwood plays a retired ruthless killer who lives in relative tranquility until he is forced to raise money. To achieve this, he accepts the job they offer him to find the murderers of a sex worker through a reward offered by his co-workers. The film grossed over $100 million in the United States and $58 million worldwide. It was chosen by Time magazine as one of the 100 best movies of all time and The New York Times included it among the 1000 best movies of all time.

5) Million Dollar Baby (2005)

Clint Eastwood was totally involved in this film: he not only directed it but also was one of the main actors, he was part of the production and composed the soundtrack. Apart from him, the other protagonists were Hillary Swank and Morgan Freeman and it tells the story of a boxing trainer on the verge of retirement who helps a young promise achieve success. The little problem is that the promise in question is a woman and this opposes the coach’s preferences. “Million Dollar Baby” it won the Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Leading Actress (Hilary Swank) and Best Supporting Actor (Morgan Freeman).

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Cinema. Clint Eastwood turns 92: five great films to honor him

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