Saturday, August 13, 2016

Book Review: Clint Eastwood: Icon

Clint Eastwood Icon: The Essential Film Art Collection, David Frangioni, essays by Thomas Schatz, Insight Editions, San Rafael, CA, 2009.

This is a book of an individual showing off his collection of Clint Eastwood movie posters and handbills.  It is a coffee table book.  It is interesting to see the progression of Eastwood’s career over time.  Some of the movie posters have some very good art.  The posters have a progression, from Eastwood being in shadow or not fully developed in the pictures of his early movies.  However over time he becomes very clear and the focus of the posters.  Then his career takes another turn and he shares the poster with other actors, such as with Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman and Richard Harris in “Unforgiven.”  Of course Eastwood also has a very significant career as a director,  Clint Eastwood’s career has spanned over five decades, and during that time he has help create many good movies.  I have not seen them all.  I do not see R rated shows, but many of the other shows I have seen, from “Paint Your Wagon” to “Outlaw Josie Wales” to “Million Dollar Baby.”  This book was fun; I like to look at pictures.  However the writing was not very entertaining unless you might are really into collecting this stuff.

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