Monday, 14 October 2019

The Enforcer: And how Clint loves that Shotgun…

Today I was sent a couple of superb ‘unseen’ images from The Enforcer (1976) one of which is particularly wonderful. A lot of fans will be familiar with Clint holding this shotgun via a number of publicity shots released from the film, but of course never shows up in the finished cut of the film.

The more familiar and commonly seen shots feature Clint with this shotgun whilst wearing the white windcheater style jacket that he wore later in the movie. These familiar shots were taken whilst filming the climax on Alcatraz Island. However, the whole Alcatraz sequence saw Clint wearing the brown suede jacket (just to confuse things even more). 
If using the evidence in the photo below, we can safely say this was taken during the shooting of the liquor store hold up. Clint clearly has the same jacket on, and the POV is pretty much identical to where Harry drives the car through the shop front. 

The background buildings (left) also confirm this. The second photo is probably from the same photo shoot. I can also confirm that these were both taken during the July of 1976.

The shotgun photos have always been a bone of contention among Eastwood fans. This photo only serves as more evidence that Clint was perhaps itching to include this piece of hardware within the movie. I guess we will never know. I will have to pull the script again one of these days to see if it actually makes an appearance. For now, this cracker of a photo will continue to keep us happy, as well as further extending our curiosity. 
My kindest thanks to Davy Triumph.    

Friday, 4 October 2019

Richard Jewell, Official Trailer already released by Warner Bros!

I’m amazed to see that a trailer is already out there for the Clint’s forthcoming movie Richard Jewell (which I believe has been marked for a December release). I’m constantly surprised at the speed of Clint’s output, it seems like only yesterday I was still reporting on the casting. Speaking of casting, I’m certainly looking forward to seeing Sam Rockwell working under Clint’s direction. I’ve always been a huge admirer of Rockwell’s work. So what else can we take from the Trailer? Well I can see that the score is by the American-Cuban jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval. I’ll be interested in hearing this, as his film work up until now has arguably been somewhat low key. We of course still don’t know if there will in fact be a soundtrack release. In the meantime, here’s the trailer. My thanks also to Jayne Smart for alerting me to this.

Play Misty for Me Rare UK 60 x 40 poster

Out of respect, I held back on posting this extremely rare poster while the auction was still active. In that time, it also gave me the opportunity to digitally restore it to somewhere near its original glory. The poster as stated is an extremely rare one and was exclusively printed for the ABC cinema chain. As far as we are aware, there was also a poster produced for Dirty Harry (see here) and for High Plains Drifter. Because of the unusual size, especially in UK cinemas, these posters were often cut down to a 30x40 section in order to fit within the more standard quad frame - something that actually turns me cold at the very thought! This Play Misty version sold on Wednesday for a final price of £113.00, which was not particularly surprising as it was the first one I have ever seen come up for auction. The poster was available within the UK only, so unless it was obtained on behalf of someone, I’m guessing the poster still remains here within the UK. It’s certainly a very nice and unique piece.

Sunday, 22 September 2019

Rare 1970 Fashion shoot or Clint’s venture into fashion victim studmuffin territory

I was quite amazed when I (purely by accident) discovered this remarkable feature this week. Like a lot of fans, I knew this wasn’t exactly new territory for Clint, due mainly to the Playboy Magazine March 1972 "Clint Eastwood: Pushover for Pullovers" feature (here). However, I was not aware of this Harper's Bazaar, Feb 1970 magazine which also features Clint in another fashion shoot. It contains just the two full page shots (photos by Bill King), and finds Clint not looking particularly comfortable, but nevertheless trying to enjoy the moment. It’s an interesting find as it notably states that Clint is currently appearing in Paramount’s Paint your Wagon and his next film is Universal’s Two Mules for Sister Sara. I’m constantly surprised by what is still out there and surfacing.   

Friday, 13 September 2019

A Fistful of Dollars: 55 Years since Italian Premiere

I was reminded yesterday by our friend Jayne Smart that yesterday (September 12th) marked the 55th Anniversary since A Fistful of Dollars made its Italian premiere in 1964. I thought it would be nice to mark the occasion with a little bit of post history and why the film was delayed in other countries. For this particular post, I have borrowed from Wiki, which is all pretty accurate.
Sergio Leone counting his Dollars
Initially, releasing A Fistful of Dollars was difficult, basically because no major distributor wanted to take a chance on a faux-Western and an unknown director. The film ended up being released in September, which is typically the worst month for sales. The film was shunned by the Italian critics, who gave it extremely negative reviews. However, at a grassroots level, its popularity spread, and it grossed $4 million in Italy, about three billion lire. American critics felt quite differently from their Italian counterparts, with Variety praising it as having ‘a James Bondian vigor and tongue-in-cheek approach that was sure to capture both sophisticates and average cinema patrons’. The release of the film was delayed in the UK and the United States, because distributors feared being sued by Akira Kurosawa, as A Fistful of Dollars was immediately identified as an unofficial remake of his film, Yojimbo (1961). As a result, A Fistful of Dollars was not shown in American and UK cinemas until 1967. This made it difficult for the American public or Hollywood to understand what was happening to Clint in Italy at the time. An American actor making films in Italy met with considerable prejudice, and was seen in Hollywood as taking a step backward, rather than a career development.
A Fistful of Dollars was released in Italy in September 12, 1964. Over the film's theatrical release, it grossed more than any other Italian film up to that point. In January 1967 the film premiered in the United States grossing $4.5 million for the year. It eventually grossed $14.5 million in its American release. In 1969 it was re-released, earning $1.2 million in rentals.
Upon the film's American release in 1967, both Philip French and Bosley Crowther were not impressed with the film itself. Critic Philip French of The Observer stated:
‘The calculated sadism of the film would be offensive were it not for the neutralising laughter aroused by the ludicrousness of the whole exercise. If one didn't know the actual provenance of the film, one would guess that it was a private movie made by a group of rich European Western fans at a dude ranch... A Fistful of Dollars looks awful, has a flat dead soundtrack, and is totally devoid of human feeling.’ June 11th, 1967
Bosley Crowther of The New York Times treated the film not as pastiche, but as camp-parody, stating that nearly every Western cliché could be found in this ‘egregiously synthetic but engrossingly morbid, violent film’. He went on to patronise Eastwood's performance, stating: ‘He is simply another fabrication of a personality, half cowboy and half gangster, going through the ritualistic postures and exercises of each... He is a morbid, amusing, campy fraud’ February 2nd, 1967
The retrospective reception of A Fistful of Dollars has been much more positive, noting it as a hugely influential film in regards to the rejuvenation of the Western genre. The 67th Cannes Film Festival, held in 2014, celebrated the "50th anniversary of the birth of the Spaghetti Western... by showing A Fistful of Dollars". Quentin Tarantino, prior to hosting the event, in a press-release described the film as ‘the greatest achievement in the history of Cinema.’

Sunday, 8 September 2019

Clint Eastwood Photo Opportunity #13

Here's a nice, rarely seen photo which I thought was worthy of an individual post (I will also be adding to the Dirty Harry page). Clint is captured here undergoing some major injury make-up from the Dirty Harry crew. The make up represents the beating that Harry took by Scorpio at the foot of the Memorial Cross at Mount Davidson. My thanks to Davy Triumph.  

Monday, 2 September 2019

Space Cowboys Rare UK Press Kit

I was over the moon to receive this wonderful rare UK Press kit today – thanks to a new friend of the archive, James Maher. Whilst I have a great deal of material from Space Cowboys (including a different press kit), these differ a great deal. My other set contains several two-on-one photos, (where 2 shots are featured on one photo), whereas this set contains 15 full individual photos and include shots that are not featured in the other set. They all come nicely packaged in a colour Warner’s folder / junket and also include 40 pages of production notes. It makes a great addition to the collection and I am very pleased to now own them. I thought they deserved their own post and will also be adding them to the dedicated Space Cowboys page (here)
Thank you again James, hope you can stick around here.