The Clint Eastwood Westerns

The Clint Eastwood Westerns

by James L. Neibaur


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While the western was a staple of cinema for many decades, the form began to fade as its greatest star, John Wayne, made fewer films of distinction toward the end of his career. In the mid-1960s, the genre was redefined by a handful of directors, including Don Siegel and Italian filmmaker Sergio Leone, who offered something edgier, bloodier, and more violent. Working with both directors was an actor who had made a name for himself on the small screen in the hit western Rawhide. While Clint Eastwood would also star in and direct a number of successes with contemporary settings, his work in westerns represents the most significant part of his film career. In The Clint Eastwood Westerns, James L. Neibaur takes a film-by-film look at each of the superstar s signature works, from A Fistful of Dollars in 1964 to his modern-day classic Unforgiven, which earned him two Academy Awards, including best director. The author discusses in detail the production, impact, influences, and successes (both critical and commercial) of each film. In addition, Neibaur examines the continued success and influence of these works how they redefined, challenged, and progressed the western genre. The book also features chapters that look at Eastwood s other films in the context of his overall career. From the spaghetti westerns he made with Leone, including The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, to his revisionist look at the Old West in Unforgiven, The Clint Eastwood Westerns shines a spotlight on some of the most thrilling films of the genre. For devotees of Eastwood the actor or director or simply fans of the western, this book is an entertaining look at one of Hollywood s most enduring stars."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442245037
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 03/16/2015
Pages: 196
Sales rank: 781,612
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

James L. Neibaur is a film historian and former educator who has written hundreds of articles. He is the author of several books on film, including The Fall of Buster Keaton (2010), Early Charlie Chaplin (2012), The Elvis Movies (2014), and James Cagney Films of the 1930s (2014) and coauthor with Terri Niemi of Buster Keaton’s Silent Shorts: 1920–1923 (2013).

Table of Contents

Early Life, First Films, and TV Success
1. A Fistful of Dollars (1964)
2. For a Few Dollars More (1965)
3. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966)
4. Hang ’Em High (1968)
5. Coogan’s Bluff (1968)
6. Paint Your Wagon (1969)
7. Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970)
8. The Beguiled (1971)
9. Between the Westerns (1968–1971)
10. Joe Kidd (1972)
11. High Plains Drifter (1973)
12. Between the Westerns (1973–1976)
13. The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
14. Between the Westerns (1976–1979)
15. Bronco Billy (1980)
16. Between the Westerns (1981–1985)
17. Pale Rider (1985)
18. Between the Westerns (1986–1991)
19. Unforgiven (1992)
After the Westerns
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