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Persistence of double vision : essays on Clint Eastwood

Author: William Beard
Publisher: Edmonton : University of Alberta Press, ©2000.
Series: Currents (Edmonton, Alta.)
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Clint Eastwood represents probably the single strongest icon of heroic masculinity in popular cinema over the past quarter-century. Yet this icon seems continually to deconstruct its own stature through ironic allusion and gesture. Perhaps there is more to this player of hyperbolic manliness than first meets the eye." "William Beard examines Eastwood's unique position as cinematic icon and creative filmmaker,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Essays
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Clint Eastwood; Clint Eastwood; Clint Eastwood, Schauspieler.; Clint Eastwood
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William Beard
ISBN: 088864356X 9780888643568
OCLC Number: 45888538
Description: xv, 193 p. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Between classical and postmodern --
Heroic deconstruction: or, Is Clint Eastwood possible? --
Unforgiven: anatomy of a murderer --
Eastwood the father --
A perfect world: there is no good father --
Absolute power and True crime: postscripts of disavowal --
The beguiled and Play misty for me: he who lives by the sword --
Eastwood, auteur and metteu-en-scène.
Series Title: Currents (Edmonton, Alta.)
Responsibility: William Beard.
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"Clint Eastwood represents probably the single strongest icon of heroic masculinity in popular cinema over the past quarter-century. Yet this icon seems continually to deconstruct its own stature through ironic allusion and gesture. Perhaps there is more to this player of hyperbolic manliness than first meets the eye." "William Beard examines Eastwood's unique position as cinematic icon and creative filmmaker, Award-winning director, producer, star, and now politician. Eastwood has evolved from problematic characters like the Man With No Name and Dirty Harry to become one of American cinema's best-respected figures. Through detailed readings of many individual films including the masterful Unforgiven and A Perfect World, Beard helps us to understand the is/not qualities of the charismatic Eastwood figure."--BOOK JACKET.

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"[A]n illuminating look not only at Eastwood's development through some of his major films, but also. of American values over a forty-year period." -Anne Lancashire, University of Toronto Quarterly, Read more...

 
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