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'Clint: A Retrospective'
By: ~ Richard Schickel
(Hardcover / 288 Pages / Sterling / ISBN: 1402774729 / $35.00)

Description: There’s no paucity of books on Eastwood. Indeed, Time film critic Schickel penned a substantive biography in 1997. What sets his new effort apart is his intimate familiarity with Eastwood and his work. Schickel’s known the star for 33 years and begins here with a lengthy introduction that serves as an overview of his career while it recounts revealing personal moments with Eastwood. A chronological, film-by-film account of his oeuvre follows, from the mid-1960s Italian spaghetti westerns and his breakthrough (the moment when a star becomes a superstar) in Dirty Harry to his recent, commercially bold treatments of race relations, Gran Torino and Invictus.

Verdict: Clint Eastwood's illustrious motion picture career has spanned more than a half century and has touched generations of filmgoers. The filmmaker/actor has won five Academy Awards®, and his films have grossed nearly $2 billion at the domestic box office.

In conjunction with Warner Home Video - who have recently celebrated Eastwood and his 35-year association with the studio through Malpaso Productions with a comprehensive, elegant giftset, 'Clint Eastwood: 35 Films 35 Years at Warner Bros,' Sterling Publishers have themselves released, 'Clint: A Retrospective' written by Richard Schickel.

A stunning coffee-table book that pays tribute to Eastwood’s accomplishments as an actor, moviemaker, and Oscar®-winning icon, and timed to release with the abovementioned box-set, 'Clint: A Retrospective' is a simply stunning collection, that presents a chronological look at his astonishing body of work - from the early “spaghetti westerns” to his iconic role as “Dirty” Harry Callahan in Dirty Harry (1971), to the soulful Bird (1988) and the revolutionary western Unforgiven (1992) through to more recent films such as the Academy Award-winning Mystic River (2003) and Million Dollar Baby (2004), and his latest picture, the rousing drama Invictus, starring Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman, which was released in December 2009.

Over 300 spectacular images, including dynamic stills from memorable screen performances and revealing behind-the-scenes photos, are accompanied by Richard Schickel’s incisive and illuminating commentary. Inclusive of Studio letters and photos, the book contains 325 photographs, meticulously researched from Warner Bros.' files and other key image archives. It is Schickel's homage to the actor who, Schickel says, has most inspired him as a critic over the years.

And Eastwood himself provides an introduction ... come on now, could you possibly ask for anything more?!

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