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Excellent! Thanks again, Hocine! 8)

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
« on: November 25, 2020, 03:45:03 PM »
Here is a link to an obituary for Maradona:

Apparently, Argentina will observe three days of national mourning for the football great! We didn't do that in the US even for Kobe Bryant (who was an admirer, according to the ESPN obit).

Thanks, Hocine! I've wanted to see that since it came out in 2007. We had a thread about it, here:

The French-American writer Michael Henry Wilson, who wrote in French as Michael Henry, was a great connaisseur of Clint's films and did indeed interview him many times, mostly for Positif. We included three of his interviews in the second edition of the collection I co-edited, Clint Eastwood: Interviews, 2013.

When the first edition was published in 1999, I was responsible for the translations of the six French interviews it contained, including one by "Michael Henry." By the time we were preparing the new edition, his own collection had been published in French (as Clint Eastwood, entretiens, 2007) and in English, as Eastwood on Eastwood, 2010. To my surprise I found that the first interview in the English edition was, with very few minor changes, my translation from the 1999 edition of Clint Eastwood: Interviews! I got in touch with Wilson via LinkedIn for permission to use it again, along with two others, in the new book.

In the end, we actually got together via phone to discuss it. He owned up to using my translation (since he hadn't preserved an original tape or transcription of the 1984 original), and readily granted permission to re-use it in the new edition, along with one more from his book (his translation), and a newer one (my translation, with his input) from Positif. I remember discussing with him the difficulty of getting something as spontaneous as an interview into another language, in a coherent and idiomatic version, while trying to preserve both the substance and the "voice" of the original.

I'm going to watch that documentary tomorrow for a treat on Thanksgiving Day (as we celebrate it in the US)!

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
« on: November 25, 2020, 01:41:41 PM »
Yes, I heard that on the radio even here in New York City! Very sad for all fans of true football! R.I.P.

And it's always nice to hear from you, Aline! :)

General Discussion / Re: Clint Movies on UK TV
« on: November 24, 2020, 07:07:23 PM »
Is the UK version of TV Guide ( any help?  :)

I searched "Clint Eastwood" and got this:

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: THE ENDLESS, POINTLESS thread
« on: November 16, 2020, 07:17:08 PM »
I can't believe this "new board" has been around for 18 years now!  :o

And this thread has been around ... since 06-26-2001! Coming up on its vigentennial! :D

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Happy birthday Gant!
« on: November 16, 2020, 12:54:07 PM »
Happy Birthday, Gant! 8)

Have a wonderful day! :)

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
« on: November 14, 2020, 04:56:54 PM »
This one is especially for Gant:

Viola Smith, 'Fastest Girl Drummer in the World,' Dies at 107

Viola Smith, who played a giant 12-piece drum kit and was billed as the ?fastest girl drummer in the world? ? and who wrote a widely read essay during World War II advocating for big bands to hire female musicians in place of the male ones who had been drafted ? died on Oct. 21 at her home in Costa Mesa, Calif. She was 107. ...

Ms. Smith, who hailed from a little town in Wisconsin, grew up playing in a jazz band with her seven sisters. Her entrepreneurial father had conceived of the group, the Schmitz Sisters Orchestra, and they performed at state fairs and toured the vaudeville circuit. After most of her sisters left the band, Ms. Smith started another all-female outfit, the Coquettes, which rose to modest national fame in the late 1930s.

Ms. Smith became the first female star of jazz drumming. She performed at President Harry S. Truman?s inauguration gala, and she worked with Ella Fitzgerald and Chick Webb. Her showcase tune was a jazzy arabesque called ?Snake Charmer,? in which she exhibited her virtuosity in a flashy solo.

Viola Smith in 1948. When people called her the ?female Gene Krupa,? she corrected them: Krupa, she said, was the male Viola Smith.Credit...Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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Read the rest here:

R.I.P., Viola! But with a little drumming now and then, to break up all those harp glissandos! ;)

I note that he's holding a mask.

General Discussion / Re: References to Clint
« on: November 08, 2020, 11:03:29 PM »
Wesley Morris, a "critic at large" for the New York Times, had a piece about the maverick cop movies that were released in 1971. Naturally, that includes Dirty Harry:

?Shaft,? ?Dirty Harry? and the Rise of the Supercop

By 1971, corruption had become proof of obsessive dedication and hyper-competence ? a means to an end. Warner Bros. released ?Dirty Harry? starting that December and invented, by way of Clint Eastwood, a one-man counter-countercultural strike force whose ?Do ya feel lucky, punk?? speeches are the character?s version of Miranda rights. The San Francisco Police Department is too mired in procedure, second-guessing and sheer slowness for Harry Callahan. The calm with which he glides toward a bank robber he just shot, in one of the opening sequences, belongs in one of those David Attenborough nature specials.

General Discussion / Re: References to Clint
« on: November 08, 2020, 10:53:07 PM »
That's funny ... especially the subtitles! ;D

I have an idea ... Maybe they keep the cast secret, and they want the shooting to be confidential ... because of the pandemic . They don't want to face a lot of journalists or tourists around the crew. Maybe they have a very strict covid protocol.

I think you're on to something here.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
« on: November 01, 2020, 10:36:19 AM »
Thanks for posting, Higashimori! It's nice to hear from you.

R.I.P., Sean Connery. Matt has started a dedicated "Sean Connery Appreciation Thread" for anyone who'd like to talk about their favorite Connery film appearances. You'll find it here:

Off-Topic Discussion / Happy Belated Birthday, AKA23!
« on: October 30, 2020, 10:25:43 PM »
Last week, I noticed you had a birthday coming up. I meant to start a thread ... but I forgot!   :o :D

I hope you had a wonderful day.  8)

Eastwood News / Re: Re: Eastwood in the press (minor mentions)
« on: October 25, 2020, 10:13:55 AM »
That's quite a story, AKA. If you are wondering how a book that was never published got "cataloged" by book distributors, etc.: A lot of the cataloging of new books that libraries use isn't done by the libraries. It is simply taken from information supplied by the publisher before the book is ever published, without anyone actually seeing the book. The Library of Congress does this (see the copyright page of almost any book published nowadays), but book wholesalers and distributors do it also. Then, when the book reaches libraries from these sources, it's already cataloged. Someone can slap on a call number and a barcode, and it goes straight to the shelf. And if it never does reach libraries, for instance because the author never finished it (but he had a contract with the publisher, who had made plans for publication) ... well, sometimes that data might stick around in the welter of interlocking information systems libraries use, and the book becomes a "ghost": Reported in bibliographical sources, but never existed in real life.

Bibliographical ghosts actually have a long history in the world of bibliography and book collecting: Someone makes a mistake in the "metadata" (or catalog record/entry in a bibliography), and others copy it. If anyone's interested, here is a short treatise on the subject from 1920:

Bibliographical Ghosts, by George Watson Cole.

Judging by Clint's recent projects and the response of the awards-awarding crowd: No.

If it wraps on December 16th, it will still be a while before it's ready for release (even given Clint's "warp speed" in finishing his projects). Not sure about awards season rules during the pandemic, but it certainly won't be a 2020 calendar-year release.

General Discussion / Re: Zodiac/Scorpio/Dirty Harry..
« on: October 13, 2020, 09:52:00 PM »
Well, insofar as Scorpio is based on the Zodiac Killer, he was certainly well acquainted with him already! ;D

As the story points out, it wasn't original material when Eastwood and Leone transformed it (though it is hardly a "shot-for-shot remake" of Yojimbo), and it wasn't original when Kurosawa filmed his version. Both movies are more or less directly derived from Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett, and some would trace the line all the way back to Carlo Goldoni's Il servitore di due padroni, circa 1745 ... rather tenuously if you ask me.

At any rate, there has already been one attempt at a "contemporary, original retelling of the story" ... Last Man Standing (1996), written and directed by Walter Hill. It is a credited remake of Yojimbo.

Here is an article about High Plains Drifter, one of the best Clint Eastwood movies in my opinion:

Thanks, that's a really good article. High Plains Drifter is near the top of my list of favorite Eastwood Westerns.

Eastwood News / Re: Clint Eastwood Films on TV and Upcoming TV Interviews
« on: September 17, 2020, 08:13:58 PM »
Nice, Perry! A slight quibble: actually, Eastwood's first appearance on TV was on a Steve Allen special, [Steve] Allen in Movieland (July 2, 1955). The Highway Patrol episode, "Motorcycle A," aired on April 2, 1956.

You can watch the Steve Allen special on Vimeo (here the date is given as 1954):

The scene that includes Clint starts at 54:45.

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