Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Books: Clint A Retrospective

I’m happy to finally get this section off and started. It’s a dedicated Book area that I felt compelled to hold back for a while. For what reasons exactly, I’m not entirely sure? I received an email at the beginning of 2010 from a company asking if I would help contribute to a new book that was due to be published that same year. As ever, I am always happy to help and assist on any Eastwood project in order to see it is presented in the best possible way. What I didn’t realise at the time was that it was going to be Richard Schickel’s book, Clint: A Retrospective.
It wasn’t until I had this book arrive from Sterling Publications, that I realised exactly why I had delayed this particular section. Upon opening the pages of Retrospective, it all suddenly became very clear…

I am just a guy who makes movies
—Clint Eastwood
CLINT: A Retrospective
By Richard Schickel
Introduction by Clint Eastwood

For more than six decades, Clint Eastwood has made outstanding films. First as a leading actor and subsequently as an acclaimed director, Eastwood has carved out a uniquely successful career earning him five Academy Awards® for his achievements in front of and behind the camera. Eastwood’s memorable motion pictures have touched generations of filmgoers and established him as one of the true cinematic greats of all time. Celebrating Eastwood’s legendary role in film culture, the sumptuously illustrated book CLINT: A Retrospective (Sterling Publishing) offers intimate insight into his illustrious, instinct driven career that has remained unmatched in the history of the cinema. Presented chronologically, this stunning volume pays tribute to Eastwood’s accomplishments as an actor, moviemaker, and Oscar winning icon. Encompassing his earliest work as the heartthrob in the TV western Rawhide (1959), to his role in Sergio Leone’s A Fistful of Dollars (1964), which reinvented the Spaghetti Western genre, CLINT follows Eastwood’s growth as an actor and talented director. Special emphasis is paid to some of his best-loved and most well-respected movies, including his role as “Dirty” Harry Callahan in the five Dirty Harry films and The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976), the relatively early film that Clint continues to have great affection for; in addition to films such as Tightrope 1984), Bird (1988), Unforgiven (1992), In the Line of Fire (1993), The Bridges of Madison County (1995), Mystic River (2003), Million Dollar Baby (2004), Gran Torino (2008) and his latest, Invictus (2009), starring Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman.
CLINT: A Retrospective includes:
• Movie stills from memorable screen performances
• Revealing behind-the-scenes photos showing the filmmaker at work
• Three hundred and twenty-five photographs, meticulously researched from Warner Brothers’ files and other key image archives
• An introduction by Eastwood himself

Incisive commentary is provided throughout CLINT: A Retrospective by Richard Schickel, the acclaimed film critic and award-winning documentary filmmaker. In addition, the book includes an exclusive 22-minute DVD, an intimate documentary from Schickel and Warner Home Video entitled The Eastwood Factor.
CLINT: A Retrospective is timed to release alongside Warner Home Video’s comprehensive, elegant giftset, Clint Eastwood: 35 Films 35 Years at Warner Bros., available February 16. The collection will be packaged in a 20-page double-side album and will contain 19 discs that include 34 of Eastwood’s most classic films from the Warner library as well as The Eastwood Factor.
Considered the largest feature film box set ever released for a single artist, Clint Eastwood: 35 Films 35 Years at Warner Bros. highlights the depth and breadth of his work. Included are his “Dirty Harry” movies, Westerns, war movies, comedies, Best Picture Oscar-winning dramas including Million Dollar Baby and Unforgiven, and many more. Select titles from the set will also be available for download via
iTunes, Xbox Live, Zune Marketplace, Amazon video on Demand and other digital retailers.

**I will be posting my full review of this set here at The Clint Eastwood Archive very shortly**
Richard Schickel is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, movie historian,and film critic who has published more than thirty books and produced, written, and directed more than thirty films for television. He was a film critic for Life and Time for 43 years. His many books about film include Elia Kazan: A Biography; The Essential Chaplin, an anthology of critical writings about the great comedian; The Disney Version, a study of the life, times, and art of Walt Disney; and You Must Remember This: The Warner Brothers Story.

CLINT: A Retrospective
By Richard Schickel
Introduction by Clint Eastwood

ISBN 978-1-4027-7472-0
HC and DVD, 288 Pages, 9 ¾ X 11 ½
Sterling Publishing Co, Inc.
Available NOW!

The Clint Eastwood Archive would like to thank Sterling Publications for sending us this book and for their support.


frances anderson-jackson said...

Respectfully Mr. Eastwood, I have a short book, an historic western story about a 15/16 yr. old girl in 1861, like you've not seen on the screen. You would not find it uninteresting, I promise. It is "Patience-Bold Rider." Avail. at www.patienceboldrider.com in ebook or print,and amazon.com, or I would be happy to send it.

A fan and a writer,


Clint's archive said...

Hello Frances, thanks for posing, but this is not Mr. Eastwood's own site. This is a site set up by myself, a fan for some 35 years. It was set up not only to host my own collection, but also to illustrate what is also available. In addition I also provide interviews, features, the latest in new projects and just about everything else that is Eastwood related. We are also recognised and supported by Warner Brothers and several other companies. I hope you enjoy.