Wednesday 19 September 2012

Clint Eastwood: Master filmmaker at work. Book Review

About the book
Four-time Academy Award recipient Clint Eastwood is one of the most renowned film directors in the world. This authorized volume offers a revealing in-depth exploration of his influential filmmaking methods, comprehensively illustrated with unit photography, key art, production design sketches, and film frames. Covering all of Eastwood’s 32 films, including The Outlaw Josey Wales, Unforgiven, Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby, and Letters from Iwo Jima, the book is a full-career retrospective. To portray the maverick behind the camera, author Michael Goldman interviewed Eastwood; his longtime crew of award-winning cinematographers, editors, and production designers; and many celebrated actors, including Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio, Gene Hackman, Sean Penn, Meryl Streep, Hilary Swank, and Forest Whitaker.
About the author
Michael R. Goldman is a veteran entertainment journalist who has been an editor at Daily Variety, senior editor at Millimeter magazine, and a contributor to American Cinematographer. He has written four books and countless articles about filmmaking.

So, is it as good as we are lead to believe? Oh Yeah, absolutely...
How refreshing it is to be utterly consumed by these newly unearthed stories. Clint Eastwood Master Film Maker at Work provides genuine, first-hand accounts of Eastwood's filmmaking style and technique. Miraculously researched and illustrated throughout with an abundance of rare and previously unseen photos, production sketches and designs, Michael Goldman's book stands tall as an essential, authoritative work. Contained between its lavish 240 pages are over 60 original interviews with long time Eastwood collaborators such as Jack Green, Leonard Hirshan, Deborah Hopper, Robert Daly, Tom Stern, Buddy Van Horn, David Valdes and the late great Bruce Surtees. With insights provided by his loyal Malpaso crew and accounts from his closest friends, Goldman has successfully appraised the nature of Eastwood's dignified and simplistic approach to filmmaking. After reading some 50 titles on the man, never has a book on Eastwood ever provided such a definitive insider's guide. My advice, don't hesitate in ordering it, you won't regret it.

I would like to thank Author Michael Goldman and Jane Pickett of Abrams & Chronicle Books for contributing this wonderful book.
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thegman said...

Thank you for the kind words, Darren. I hope Clint aficionados worldwide enjoy the book as much as you did, and as much as I did writing it.

Red said...

I hope this gives more space to Clint's amazing run of work post-Blood Work. I was disappointed with Schickel's 'Clint; A Retrospective' for that very reason even though in most other respects his book was a satisfactory piece of work.