Thursday, September 4, 2014

Movie Biography: Clint Eastwood: The Man From Malpaso (1994)

This is a very interesting movie.  It tells the story of Clint Eastwood in the movies.  His dad thought he shouldn't try acting but get a real job.  However Eastwood stuck with it.  This tells the story of his early days in film, when he contracted to a studio and had bit parts.  However the studio day was done, and he was left unemployed.  However t.v. was coming on and he hit a break with "Rawhide."  This was regular work for seven years.
Clint then goes back and tells his childhood.  He was raised in a good family, but was born during the depression.  The family moved considerable, but was considered middle class.
Eastwood first rose to stardom with the spaghetti westerns.  "A Fist Full of Dollars" was the first.  He did not always play the most likeable characters.  After this run, he portrayed police men in mystery shows, "Coogan's Bluff" and then the popular "Dirty Harry" movies followed; and the success just kept rolling. 
He next, after studying several directors, took to the other side of the camera as a directory himself.  First first venture was "Play Misty for Me."  Eastwood ventured into many projects that weren't your normal type of movie, "Bronco Billy," "Firefox," and "Honkytonk" man to name a few.
This documentary ends with his film success in 1992.  "Unforgiven" won best picture and best director.  Malpaso is his production company, and a river close to his home in Carmel.
The documentary uses autobiographical interviews with Eastwood.  It includes interviews with some of his directors and co actors.  It also includes numerous clips of different scenes to illustrate some of the points the make.  Some of the people included are: Ted Post, Marsha Mason and Gene Hackman.

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