American Rebel: The Life of Clint Eastwood (英語) ペーパーバック – 2010/9/7
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In American Rebel, bestselling author and acclaimed film historian Marc Eliot examines the ever-exciting, often-tumultuous arc of Clint Eastwood's life and career.
As a Hollywood icon, Clint Eastwood--one of film's greatest living legends--represents some of the finest cinematic achievements in the history of American cinema. Eliot writes with unflinching candor about Eastwood's highs and lows, his artistic successes and failures, and the fascinating, complex relationship between his life and his craft. Eliot's prodigious research reveals how a college dropout and unambitious playboy rose to fame as Hollywood's "sexy rebel," eventually and against all odds becoming a star in the Academy pantheon as a multiple Oscar winner. Spanning decades, American Rebel covers the best of Eastwood's oeuvre, films that have fast become American classics: Fistful of Dollars, Dirty Harry, Unforgiven, Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby, and Gran Torino.
Filled with remarkable insights into Eastwood's personal life and public work, American Rebel is highly entertaining and the most complete biography of one of Hollywood's truly respected and beloved stars–-an actor who, despite being the Man with No Name, has left his indelible mark on the world of motion pictures.
"...Eliot documents a wealth of details in this well-researched, comprehensive biography that will not disappoint Eastwood's fans."
“The story of a man who goes from small-time jazz pianist and gas-station attendant to Hollywood leading man reads like a rich movie plotline. All the sex, brawls, and gunslinging are here.”
Praise for Reagan The Hollywood Years
"A fascinating portrait."
"Eliot' s book is poised to provide something interesting: a fresh look at subject matter well worth dusting off. . . . The genesis of Reagan's later public persona is closely charted here."
—New York Times
Praise for Jimmy Stewart
"Elucidates how a skinny guy with zero sex appeal molded himself into an enduring star."
"Stewart deserves critical reassessment and a seat closer to the front row of the film pantheon. Eliot makes a solid case for Stewart's merits, and he gives us a decent, eminently likable man."
I really enjoyed reading this book. It has a nice flow that never seems to get too bogged down in rhetoric. Just a very real, down to earth, accurate telling of just about everything Eastwood.
Like many actors, he seems to have bedded almost every woman he made a movie with and then discarded them when he was finished, pretty heartlessly, which doesn't make me like him any less. He is who he is.
I found it interesting to learn what went on around the making of a movie, from how the idea originated from whomever, finally got made, and whether it was successful or not. If I understood correctly, he never got an Oscar for Best Actor, which was a real travesty, because he certainly deserved it as much or more as some of his competition.
I liked the fact he opposed wordiness and one of the first things he did with a script was to cut down on the lines. He also was thrifty with the camera, seldom filming a scene in more than one take, two at the most. He usually brought in a film under budget and under deadline.
An interesting read if you don't get too bogged down in the details.
the actor/director combination.