Tuesday, 28 January 2020

Clint Eastwood Photo Opportunity #17

Here’s something rather wonderful. It was one of our UK correspondents (and great friend) Davy Triumph who first brought this photo to my attention earlier this month. I would of loved to have posted it back then, but the truth is - it was totally obliterated with watermarks. The result being – it was a major distraction and totally destroyed the actual image. Davy (being Davy), took one for the team on this occasion and actually ended up buying the photo from the States - in order to get it saved, here on the Archive in a clean (watermark free) state.
The photo is an incredibly rare one. Clint is seen in the top half of his High Plains Drifter garb, matched up only with a pair of white Tennis shorts! Gun in one hand, Tennis racket in the other, it’s clear that the mood is relaxed. With the lack of beard we’ve made an educated guess that this was taken in advance of filming, perhaps at pre-production stages. The lack of beard could also indicate that it was arguably taken during the same photo session which subsequently resulted in the cover photo used for Iain Johnstone’s book The Man with No Name (1981).
In fact, what we do know, (thanks to the original cutting on the reverse) is that it was used for publicity purposes and to tie in with KMSP-CH9’s ‘Squint like Clint’ TV season - a week long run of Clint’s movies which was beginning here with A Fistful of Dollars.
I can’t really offer any logical explanation as to why they decided to use a candid High Plains Drifter photo; perhaps they were simply more taken by the unusual, comedic aspect of the photo? I guess we’ll never really know. However, I’m sure we’re all certainly grateful that they did!
Thanks again Davy!    
 Below: The Man With No Name book by Iain Johnston 1981

Sunday, 26 January 2020

Ennio Morricone ‎– For a Fistful of Dollars Rare LP

I was fortunate enough to finally obtain this rare Ennio Morricone LP last week. I’ve been after this particular version for a good many years now, and it was thanks to friend of the Archive, Rocco who kindly sold me this. The 1977 Netherlands LP (RCA International ‎– CL 17146), is in terms of content,  pretty much the same as the basic RCA Camden issue, except of course for the amazing artwork which is very  different. For this particular release they have used the concept art from the original Yugoslavian poster (as well as the Spanish and Italian re-release poster). I always loved this poster and luckily have one in my collection – and probably the reason why this LP was always high on my list and so appealing to me. The album was made in Holland by Inelco Nederland from master recordings owned or controlled by RCA Records. I’m very grateful to Rocco who does have a stock of soundtrack albums which he will be listing from time to time, so be sure to check out his page here 
Below: The original Yugoslavian poster

The Gauntlet Original Lobby set from former Yugoslavia

The former Yugoslavia is the territory that was up to 25 June 1991 known as The Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (SFRY). Specifically, the six republics that made up the federation - Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia (including the regions of Kosovo and Vojvodina) and Slovenia.

Film memorabilia from the former Yugoslavia has become more popular in recent decades, and because of its history, has started to find its place with collectors. I have several Eastwood posters from the 70s and 80s and can be found on these pages. However, Lobby cards or sets are a little harder to find. Friend of the Archive Steve Saragossi, sent me this set from The Gauntlet (1977) that he had spotted on the internet. I took a little time to restore them to some degree as I thought they would be nice to save here. As Steve pointed out, a lot of these photos, whilst looking familiar at first glance, do have some subtle differences. For this reason, I certainly think they deserve a place here for all to enjoy. The size of this set are 17 x 24 cm. Many thanks Steve.  

Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Clint Eastwood Photo Opportunity #16

Chicago born actress Arlene Golonka celebrates her 84th birthday tomorrow. She is seen here as Jennefer in Malpaso's first production, Hang 'em high. Taken between shots, this photo clearly illustrates that there was plenty of fun to be had in the studio. Happy Birthday Arlene, have a great day from all at the Archive! 

ITV This Morning interview

Just a small piece that probably appeals more to UK friends really. On Monday, 27th. January sometime between 11:00 - 13:30, ITV's daytime show This Morning will be showing an interview with actor and director Clint Eastwood. Clint sits down with Alison Hammond in Los Angeles to chat about his new film Richard Jewell. The news that ITV had flown Hammond out to LA, seems to indicate and confirm that Clint will not be travelling to the UK to promote his film - which is a shame. ITV has been running a series of Teaser spots and simply stating 'coming soon', so my thanks to our friend Neil Thomson for chasing up ITV for this update.

Sunday, 19 January 2020

City Heat Original German Lobby Set

Last week I was lucky enough to finally obtain a full collection of the City Heat German lobby set. In terms of photos, they are arguably one of the best sets issued, but trying to find a full set of 14 has started to become increasingly difficult to find. They are often being separated and the set also contains 2 oversized lobbies of both Clint and Burt. The first 12 come in at 12 x 9 inches and the larger 2 at 18.5 x 11.5 inches. For reference and for collectors, I have scanned the first 12 and tried to photograph the oversized 2. The first 12 are also still a little too large for a standard flatbed scanner so these images are just missing the top white border edge.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank my friend Terry who kindly sold me these. He did me a huge favour and for that I am indebted to him.

Clint Eastwood Photo Opportunity #15

Whilst I will also be posting this photo on the dedicated Hang ‘em high page (here) I also felt it was worthy of its own Photo Opportunity. In many ways it is also a pretty fair representation of the great deal of work and effort that often goes into presenting an image in the finest possible quality – and taking into account that some, like this example, are pretty hard and rare to find in any other ‘clean’ version.
As an example, I have published here (for the first time) both a before and after set of images. The first is of course the finished photo. It shows a superb image of Clint whist on location filming his first American western, Hang ‘em high (1967). Below that is the original image that it was created from. I have to thank my friend Davy Triumph for finding and sending this image of a German magazine that he saw on Ebay. Davy gives me more than enough headaches with these sort of challenges, but like me, he has a healthy respect for such wonderful photos and likes nothing more than seeing it saved (if possible) and presented on these pages.
I can understand that the amount of work that is often carried out on these photos probably goes unnoticed, but the long hours involved is a reflection of our efforts in making this the finest possible site dedicated to Clint and his legacy. I hope you enjoy.