Saturday, 8 December 2018

Flashback: Clint at the Lumière Grand Lyon Film Festival 2009

Whist we have already covered the festival poster on a previous page of the Archive, I thought it would be nice to have a dedicated page for this event. I had some 20+ images sitting in a folder so decided to put them to good use. The festival took place between the 13th and 18th of October 2009 in Lyon, France. The festival is named in honour of the Lumière Brothers, who invented the Cinematography in Lyon in 1895, and is organised by the Institute Lumière.
The festival focuses on the history of cinema with the line-up dedicated to the works of the past through restored prints, retrospectives and tributes. The Lumière Award (Prix Lumière), an award that recognises the achievement and contributions of an international film personality, is also presented annually at the festival. In 2009, Clint was invited as the guest of honour and as recipient of the award.   
Below: Clint during a rooftop photo shoot with director Bertrand Tavernier.
Below: Clint Eastwood receives a Jeroboam of the Famous French Wine Cote Rotie before a screening of The Bridges of Madison County on October 18th.
Clint stands, smiling, in front of nearly 3,000 spectators and receives a standing ovation in the main hall of the Lyon Convention Centre. He is the first winner of the Lumière Prize, created by Thierry Frémaux and Bertrand Tavernier for his entire career and his links with the history of cinema. Actresses Marthe Keller and Cécile de France were also on stage with Clint. Both actresses were appearing in Clint’s 2009 film Hereafter. Clint was filming Hereafter in Chamonix, Haute-Savoie, France on the 19th October directly after the festival. He also shot some scenes in the capital city of Paris.

Friday, 7 December 2018

Clint Eastwood Photo Opportunity #8

Here’s a photo of Clint captured at Mr Chows restaurant in Los Angeles, on April 4th 1979. Clint was in the final stages of post-production for his latest movie, Escape from Alcatraz which was released in the June of 1979. Clint was already growing his hair out from the Alcatraz prison crop, in order for his forthcoming role of Bronco Billy which would commence filming in Idaho in the October of 1979. 

Thursday, 6 December 2018

Clint Eastwood Photo Opportunity #7

Here’s a photo of Clint on his arrival at the 47th Cannes film festival held from 12th to 23rd May 1994. Clint was appointed U.S. Jury President alongside Catherine Deneuve and Lalo Schifrin. The Palme d’Or that year was awarded to Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction.
Clint said of the event, "I've never seen 23 films in one week before. It makes me want to go home and cut at least 20 minutes out of every movie I ever made." – Classic.

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

A message from the Maestro, Lalo Schifrin

It was so wonderful to wake up to a lovely little email this morning from Mr Schifrin. I had sent Lalo an email congratulating him on his Oscar on behalf of all his fans and admirers from the Archive.
As always, Lalo remains the consummate professional, thank you Sir

Dear Darren,
It was an incredible honor for me to receive an Oscar, but even more touching to see your words of congratulations.
Happy Holidays,

A very happy Christmas to you and all the family at Aleph Records 

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Don't Let the Old Man In – Single release by Toby Keith

Toby Keith's song 'Don't Let the Old Man In' to be featured in Clint Eastwood's new movie 'The Mule'
Oklahoma singer-songwriter Toby Keith can find songwriting inspiration anywhere - even while riding in a golf cart with a Hollywood icon. The Norman resident earlier this year penned a song inspired by legendary actor and filmmaker Clint Eastwood - and it will be featured in Eastwood's highly anticipated new film. Keith will release as a single Friday "Don't Let the Old Man In," which will also be featured during the end scene and closing credits of Eastwood's upcoming drama The Mule. The connection between the two performers was made in May when Keith participated in Eastwood's annual golf tournament in Carmel, California, and the two shared a cart.
"I was invited to be his partner for three days ... and riding with him was amazing," Keith told me in a recent one-on-one interview at his Toby Keith Foundation's OK Kids Korral in Oklahoma City. When Keith asked Eastwood what he had planned for his May 31 birthday just days away, the four-time Oscar winner said he was leaving the next day to spend three months filming a new movie. Eastwood, 88, shared the story line with Keith. 
"I said, 'What keeps you going?' and he said, 'I get up every day and don't let the old man in.' So, I came home, wrote a song for him called 'Don't Let the Old Man In' and sent it to him. And he put it in his movie," Keith said. "He absolutely loves it. It is a very powerful song, and I probably if it wasn't for the movie really wouldn't have anywhere to go with it. ... It's a very emotional, dramatic piece of music and as good as I've ever done in my life."
"I've met lots of famous people. I've met so many presidents and did a movie with Burt Reynolds. ... And as big as they all are, it was different with him. He was so iconic to me," Keith said of spending time with Eastwood. "He treated me like his son, he treated me great, and I thought, 'Man, I should take this idea he gave me and write it ... and send it to him and say "Hey, you inspired me to write a song so I wanted to tell you thank you for being such a good guy."' And he put it in his movie - and it fits." Written solely by Keith, a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, "Don't Let the Old Man In" is billed as a wearily resolute rebuke to Father Time:

When he rides up on his horse
And you feel that cold bitter wind
Look out your window and smile
Don't let the old man in

Recorded at Nashville's Ocean Way Studio, the song will be available at all digital retailers on Friday.

Monday, 3 December 2018

Clint Eastwood Photo Opportunity #6

This picture captures Clint with Pierre Rissient whilst Clint was visiting Paris in 1985 
Rissient was a prominent figure within the film industry and was referred to as 'Mr. Everywhere' by his long-time friend Eastwood. The multi-tasker was a critic in the 1950s, then an assistant director on the set of Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless, and joined forces with future filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier to handle international publicity on a range of films before embarking on a few of them himself. Rissient died in Paris in May, 2018 at the age of 81.

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Doris Nieh: The woman who shot Dirty Harry

I was trying to think of a nice way to celebrate our 100th post of 2018. Luckily for me, our friend Davy Triumph this afternoon provided me with the ideal solution – with these five unseen photos taken on location at San Francisco’s City Hall during the making of Dirty Harry.
These super photos were taken by legendary photographer Doris Nieh. According to internet sources Nieh was born on September 10th, 1936 and died on December 25th, 2002 at the age of 66. The same source also states that she had been residing in Los Angeles County, California.
Nieh certainly photographed some major screen greats including Steve McQueen, Burt Reynolds, Bruce Lee, Marlon Brando and director Alfred Hitchcock. In fact, her work is nothing new to these pages, a great deal of her other Dirty Harry photos can already be viewed on our dedicated Dirty Harry page here.
Here on the Archive, we always like to acknowledge and remember these wonderful photographers. Not only do they capture magic, but also provide us with a lasting sense of historic importance - long may their work continue to be recognised and appreciated.