|Clint Eastwood As Director
From his humble beginnings as a young contract player at Universal, leading
to his co-starring role as Rowdy Yates (the assistant trail boss on the 50s hit TV
series "Rawhide"), Clint Eastwood was always a consummate professional.
Unbeknownst to everyone, perhaps even to himself, he was honing his chops to become the
pre-eminent American icon of rugged individualism, self-reliance, and macho cool in the
movies a title he has held pretty much unchallenged since his star-making turn in Sergio
Leones first spaghetti western, FISTFUL OF DOLLARS, in 1964. But he has
also excelled in a parallel career of directing cinema, upping the ante with each
successive picture since his directorial debut, PLAY MISTY FOR ME, in 1971.
Counting masters like Don Siegel as mentors, as well as friends, Eastwood developed
his own powerful, unique style as director, mixing his qualities as an actor with
perceptive intelligence and uncommon sensitivity to character. He has been responsible for
rousing entertainments as well as thought-provoking dramas. From his western sagas like HIGH
PLAINS DRIFTER, THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES, and UNFORGIVEN, to BIRD,
his moving portrait of Charlie Parker, to superb adult dramas like A PERFECT WORLD,
WHITE HUNTER BLACK HEART, and his latest, MYSTIC RIVER, Eastwood has charted
a course of taste and integrity, and emerged as one of the most important American
filmmakers in the last half century.
Were enormously pleased to welcome Clint
Eastwood for this long overdue tribute at the Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at The Egyptian
honoring some of his finest work as a filmmaker, including one of his latest and greatest
Friday, January 9 7:30 PM
THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES, 1976, Warner
Bros., 135 min. Dir. Clint Eastwood. Long considered an Eastwood masterpiece, WALES tells
the story of a farmer (Eastwood) who sets out to avenge the murders of his family.
With a refreshing blend of heart-pounding action, complex characters, and offbeat comedy,
WALES still stands as one of the greatest Westerns ever to hit the screen. Discussion following with editor Joel Cox.
HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER, 1973, Universal,
105 min. Clint Eastwood directs himself as the hardboiled stranger hired by a town
to protect it from outlaws. But this stranger may not be who he seems to be. As the
hypocrisy of the townspeople is stripped away layer by layer, we learn Eastwood has his
own tragic past there, which may just be the reason hes returned. Suspense mounts to
the surprising conclusion in Eastwoods first western as director and an affectionate
tribute to the spaghetti oaters that brought him stardom. Discussion
between films with actor Ted Hartley (HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER).
Saturday, January 10 5:00 PM
UNFORGIVEN, 1992, Warner Bros., 131
min. Eastwood once again directs Eastwood, this time as reformed killer William
Munney, a widowed single father trying to keep his farm. When a young loudmouth who
idolizes Munney tells him about a reward for killing some sadistic cowboys that have cut
up a whore, he finds himself being dragged back into the old life. Enlisting reluctant,
old comrade Ned (Morgan Freeman), the trio head for town, unaware of its brutally
self-righteous sheriff, Little Bill (Gene Hackman). This harrowingly dark and
beautiful film is one of the most complex, uncompromising westerns ever made and won four
Oscars in 1993, including Best Picture and Best Director. "
classic Western for the ages
a tense, hard-edged, superbly dramatic yarn that is also
an exceedingly intelligent meditation on the West, its myths and its heroes..."
Todd McCarthy, Variety
Saturday, January 10 8:00 PM
WHITE HUNTER, BLACK HEART,
1990, Warner Bros., 110 min. Dir. Clint Eastwood. Loosely based on John Huston's
experiences while making THE AFRICAN QUEEN, WHITE HUNTER finds director John Wilson (Eastwood)
in Africa working on his film, "The African Trader." Inspired by his
surroundings, Wilson becomes distracted by hunting elephants and begins neglecting his
film. Told through the eyes of Wilsons biographer (Jeff Fahey), WHITE HUNTER
is an intimate portrait of and homage to the late, great John Huston. Based on the novel
by Peter Viertel, one of THE AFRICAN QUEENs screenwriters.
BRONCO BILLY, 1980, Warner Bros.,
116 min. Dir. Clint Eastwood. A charming, light-hearted tall tale about Billy McCoy (Clint
Eastwood), a modern cowboy trying to keep his flea-bitten, financially-insolvent wild
west show afloat. One of Eastwoods own favorites. With Sondra Locke, Geoffrey
Lewis, Scatman Crothers, and Juliette Lewis.
Sunday, January 11 5:00 PM
PLAY MISTY FOR ME, 1971,
Universal, 102 min. Clint Eastwoods debut film as director is one of the
great psychological shockers from the seventies as well as an affectionate valentine to
Monterey. Eastwood also stars as the late-night DJ stalked by psychopathic fan and
one-night stand, Jessica Walter. Look for footage of the Monterey Jazz Festival, as
well as action auteur Don Siegel (as sage bartender, Murphy).
BIRD, 1988, Warner Bros., 161 min. Clint
Eastwoods love for jazz is reflected in every frame as he directs this
heartbreakingly genuine biography of Charlie Bird Parker (Forest Whitaker),
the avant-garde bebop great ravaged by his own incendiary genius, vulnerability, and
self-destructive drug addiction. With outstanding support from Diane Venora as
Birds wife, as well as from Michael Zelniker and Keith David.
Nominated for several Academy Awards, the film won an Oscar for Best Sound Recording in
1988. Discussion following with actress Diane Venora.
Wednesday, January 14 7:30 PM SOLD
Clint Eastwood In Person:
MYSTIC RIVER, 2003, Warner Bros., 137
min. Director Clint Eastwood forges a dark, tangled web of raw emotions long
suppressed in this masterful adaptation of Dennis Lehanes crime novel. Police
detective Sean Devine (Kevin Bacon) is sucked back into old neighborhood haunts
when hes assigned to investigate the murder of the daughter of his estranged
childhood pal, Jimmy Markum (Sean Penn). Another boyhood friend, the deeply
troubled Dave (Tim Robbins), may be involved. Sterling portrayals from an
exceptional ensemble cast that includes not only Penn, Robbins, and Bacon, but also Marcia
Gay Harden and Laurence Fishburne. Penn, in particular, turns in one of his
finest, most volcanic performances, drawing on deep reservoirs of inarticulate anger and
a powerful film
Eastwoods best since
as accomplished as anything hes ever directed"
Kenneth Turan, The Los Angeles Times
Discussion following with director Clint Eastwood.