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General Discussion / Re: Did they Escape from Alcatraz... ?
« on: May 30, 2018, 06:53:57 PM »
HEY Pardners!

I would like to recommend a new book about the escape.

ESCAPING ALCATRAZ
by Michael Esslinger

Essilnger is THE man when it comes to all things Alcatraz.
This is the definitive account of the famous escape.

There is an entire chapter devoted to the motion picture. Much of the material therein is taken directly from my interview with screen writer Richard Tuggle in CINEMA RETRO. I am honored!
(see 'COLLECTIBLES' thread for more info).

Bruce Marshall

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I have copies of the oop issue of CR - Lee Marvin cover - from Sept. 2009.
Features an in-depth interview with screenwriter Richard Tuggle who tells how he came to write the script and get the film made.
Yours truly conducted the interview.
$45 FREE shipping
http://www.filmbuffonline.com/FBOLNewsreel/wordpress/2009/11/02/required-reading-cinema-retro-15/

KELLY'S HEROES - an entire issue devoted to this classic Eastwood film!  SOLD OUT .
$45 Free shippinG

I also have many other Eastwood related film magazines from FILM COMMENT et. al , along with tons of news clippings of Clint and "Mayor" Clint of Carmel.
Bruce Marshall
[email protected]


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This is the first Eastwood film in awhile that I wasn't bored for a second!
His last few efforst have been less than scintillating - although the first 2/3 of INVICTUS were very, very, good.

Because of the subject matter , i actually wish this film were LONGER. I would have liked to have seen something along the lines of Oliver Stone's epic NIXON. The film really missed some important points such as Hoover's relationship with Lyndon Johnson (they were neighbor's) and his documented coverup of the Kennedy assassinations.

But, he succeeded for the most part in what he attempted to do - portray the man in an intimate and off-beat manner.
I like biopics that try somethiong new and Clint did just that.

check it out!
bruce

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hey, he was just using the Republicans to promote his new movie.
as wiley as ever! ;)
bruce

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Eastwood News / Re: HEREAFTER: Reviews and Features in the Media
« on: October 03, 2011, 12:55:41 PM »
Time magazine's Richard Corliss:

http://www.time.com/time/arts/article/0,8599,2017816,00.html

anybody who compares this film to the masterful, moving, thrilling, magnificent  GRAN TORINO
is nutz! ???

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Eastwood News / Re: HEREAFTER: Reviews and Features in the Media
« on: October 03, 2011, 12:52:33 PM »
Interesting how Clint's style has moved so far away from his mentor, Don Siegel and towards Sergio Leone.
The lean, taut Siegel style has been replaced with the slow, sometimes overindulgent late-Leone directorial style.
HEREAFTER really needed to be editied more carefully. The cooking class scenes could have been excised easily
(yes, Clint was probably trying to make a point about how our senses can be expanded and explored more fully).
Likewise all the scenes regarding Derek Jacobi and Little Dorrit and Dickens (yes, the story was obviously "Dickensisan')

I dunno, but Clint's recent films are just too slow, and need judicious pruning.

I am looking forward to J>EDGAR - that is is a subject that would be well served by a long  running time
bruce

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Eastwood News / Re: HEREAFTER: Reviews and Features in the Media
« on: October 03, 2011, 12:36:11 PM »
This interview was apparently first posted (by Sean O’Connell) on Filmcritic.com, on Oct. 18 2010. Amazing how these things get passed around from site to site without attribution. I'm not even absolutely certain that it originated on Filmcritic.com.

Our friend El Cigarillo would like this quote (at the end of Clint's last answer; omitted in the Times of India version):

http://www.filmcritic.com/features/2010/10/interview-hereafter-matt-damon-clint-eastwood/

Clint is, and always will be , Da' Man!!!!! O0

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This is a film that got better as it went along, but it went along to many detours on the way.
As I am very interested in 'paranormal' topics this had a lot to offer me.
The story of the frenchwoman held great interest ONLY when it dealt with her investigation into the afterlife and writing of her book.
Damon's story was a bit derivative of other tv and movie scripts, but his 'reading' scenes with his subjects were very well done.
The kids scenes where he visits various psychics were excellent. The rest not so much.

I guess I would have liked the film to focus more intensely on the non-worldly aspects of the story and leave out the melodrama.
Had Clint done this, it would have been a much better film; at least a more entertaining one.

check it out!
bruce

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Eastwood News / Re: Masters of Cinema book - Clint Eastwood
« on: April 16, 2011, 01:22:14 PM »
well, from what is known about Foucault, i suspect he likes being called "Michelle" ^-^

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Eastwood News / Re: Masters of Cinema book - Clint Eastwood
« on: April 15, 2011, 04:39:11 PM »
I note that Mr. Cigarillo's review has now been published (still with "Michelle Foucault")

whaddya mean "still"?
i changed it on your advice from "Marcel"

Are you lookin' to eat some lead, punk!
 >:D

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Eastwood News / Re: Masters of Cinema book - Clint Eastwood
« on: March 07, 2011, 01:59:34 PM »
KC,
one reason i call the auteur theory crackpot:
the MOC volume on Spielberg contains not a single mention of composer John williams - not even when discussing JAWS!
"nuff said
bruce
OFFICIAL SITE:
http://www.sanfranciscobookreview.com/music-movies/clint-eastwood-masters-of-cinema/

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Eastwood News / Re: Masters of Cinema book - Clint Eastwood
« on: March 07, 2011, 01:41:26 PM »
No, just as a general indication. I know from personal experience that Foucault is cited a lot in the world of academic film studies. If you're curious, take a look at Wikipedia's source:

http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?storyCode=405956&sectioncode=26

That one seems pretty authoritative.

One of the reasons I became a film writer was because i detest academic writing about the arts. In film school I suffered thru this type of "scholarship" and found it to be absolutely worthless. I suspect most of Clint's fans do to.
Using Foucault and Eastwood in the same sentence makes me wanna reach for my six-gun! ;D
bruce

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Eastwood News / Re: Masters of Cinema book - Clint Eastwood
« on: March 06, 2011, 09:12:58 PM »
you're using Wikipedia as an authoritative source?!!!! ???

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Eastwood News / Re: Masters of Cinema book - Clint Eastwood
« on: March 06, 2011, 09:11:32 PM »
Michelle, Marceau, marcel, same diff :D

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Eastwood News / Re: Masters of Cinema book - Clint Eastwood
« on: March 06, 2011, 09:09:39 PM »
like i said, its the 'draft" version, not the final one >:D

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Eastwood News / Re: Masters of Cinema book - Clint Eastwood
« on: March 06, 2011, 04:42:33 PM »
Who know when the damn review will be posted! >:D

here is the "draft review:

Clint Eastwood is many things:  actor, producer, director, musician.
One thing he  most definitely is not is an intellectual. Not that he is not intelligent, but he himself has often said he relies on his "gut" when it comes to making motion pictures. The people at Cahiers du Cinema apparently did not get the memo. For them , Eastwood is an artist of the highest order whose films are filled with metaphors, symbols, hidden truths and deep meaning. Isn't it enough to say he is a great filmmaker, an icon?
I can't imagine fans of Clint - and I am one of his biggest - getting much enjoyment out of the text of this volume. It has an air of the academic and is filled with  pretentious meanderings where obscure philosophers like Michelle Foucault are cited. And , the text is very poorly written (or translated?). Take this sentence describing the recent film directed by Eastwood  CHANGELING
  " Among the obsessions that haunt Eastwood's most recent films, one goes back far and has never ceased to progressively permeate his work, even more so as time has created distance. As a theme, it is best described as that which returns or always tries to return to the projections of our imagination or memory...."
Qu'est-ce que ce?
On the plus side, like other volumes in this series (among them "Steven Spielberg" )
there are lots of great photographs and a comperhensive up-to -date
filmography. And, to their credit , French critics embraced Eastwood as the artist that he has always been long before most of their American counterparts!
Bruce Marshall
San Francisco Book Review March 2010

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Eastwood News / Re: Masters of Cinema book - Clint Eastwood
« on: February 24, 2011, 01:33:43 PM »
this appears to be in the wrong section>
can the moderastor move this to the appropriate section e.g "news"?
thanks. I want to post my review here when it is published
bruce

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Questions & Answers / Re: Escape from Alcatraz behind the scenes pics
« on: February 16, 2011, 01:43:50 PM »
I couldn't find them, Cigarillo.

You have to buy the magazine - no freebies  ;D
 some behind the scenes pics  include:
 - Norris walking down the corridor after his arrival. Clint is wearing jeans and no shirt - i guess he only removed them for the rear shot (unless he used a body double)
- the Malpaso logo plastered to a bench during the filmimg (tourists came and went even during the shoot!)
- Clint and siegel discussing a shot in the yard
bruce

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Questions & Answers / Re: Escape from Alcatraz behind the scenes pics
« on: February 09, 2011, 01:13:10 PM »
There are some good ones in the article i Published in Cinema retro! (SEE BELOW)
BRUCE

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Collectors' Corner / Re: WHERE EAGLES DARE cd & magazine
« on: January 28, 2011, 11:29:59 AM »
thanks to you all for declining my offer ;D

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