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Moorman, you might be interested in some of the earlier discussions we've had on this Board about Hang 'em High. It's a pity the board has been so slow lately, and a lot of these good Eastwood fans don't come around any more.

We used to have "Formal Film DIscussions" where the Moderators would pose a number of (mostly) standard questions about specific films, and members would post their opinions. These were broken up into separate threads for each question, and the threads were closed afterwards so as to keep them in order. The discussion for Hang 'em High starts here:

http://www.clinteastwood.org/forums/index.php?board=16.540

If you see anything there that you'd like to discuss further, please feel free to quote it in this thread. This is an especially insightful post by Matt, comparing Hang 'em High and Unforgiven:

http://www.clinteastwood.org/forums/index.php?topic=487.msg8754#msg8754

We also used to have "Movie Nights," where as many members as could join us at a given time would watch a film together and chat about it. The "Movie Night" thread for Hang 'em High is here:

http://www.clinteastwood.org/forums/index.php?topic=8068.0

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I think I would put it above the other non-Clint directed westerns, except for the Leones ... that is, higher than Joe Kidd or Two Mules for Sister Sara. That would put it at eighth. But that is higher than a lot of Eastwood fans place it.

That's just based on overall "feeling." Truth is, I'd rather re-watch it than a few of the others that I "know" are better films.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: FOOTBALL WORLD CUP 2018
« on: July 15, 2018, 07:21:04 PM »
Yay, no more soccer in my sports section. Wimbledon is over now too ... it should be all baseball, all the time! :D

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Yes, very good points. Clint's liking for The Ox-Bow Incident is very well known.

How would you rank this film among Clint's ten Westerns?

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: FOOTBALL WORLD CUP 2018
« on: July 14, 2018, 07:49:46 AM »
Thanks KC.. It is disappointing for sure to get that close to a World Cup final but not quite make it..But our young team had so exceeded all expectations that there's a lot of positives to take away from this tournament..

Oh, I know the feeling. Happened to the Yankees last year. Well, World Series, not World Cup, but who's counting? ;)

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The script wasn't an idea of Clint's. Leonard Freeman wrote it, and it was brought to Clint's attention by his business manager, Irving Leonard. However, Clint did turn down a role in a much larger-scale production, Mackenna's Gold, in favor of this project, because the themes appealed to him and (he thought) it challenged him as an actor. From Richard Schickel's Clint Eastwood (page 186):

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When he read [the script] Clint found in it a "certain feeling about injustice and capital punishment" that he responded to. He also thought the leading role, that of Jed Cooper, a lawman seeking private vengeance while serving a hanging judge who takes a peculiar pleasure in his work, offered him opportunities as an actor that he had not had in the Leone films. Here he would not be, as he puts it, 'a symbol,' but rather a troubled figure, questioning both his own motives and those of the system he served. "I felt it was time," he says, "even though it was a smaller film, to go ahead and challenge myself in that way."

Clint's feelings for the film perhaps ran a little more deeply than that. For it took up and extended the main theme of a favorite picture of his, The Ox-Bow Incident, which through its story of men wrongly accused of, and hung for, cattle rustling expresses, in its way, one of the themes of his inner life, his abhorrence of false witness, false accus (it is why erroneous tabloid reports of his doings constantly evoke his outraged litigiousness). The film would also permit him to explore again the resurrection theme adumbrated in A Fistful of Dollars, and returned to in so many later films.

So, Moorman, thank you for an excellent post. I too enjoy this film, I believe more than many of my fellow Eastwood fans, for some of the reasons outlined above. Also, it has an ambiguous ending, and Clint's character does not complete his mission of vengeance, and in one case tempers it with mercy. Altogether, a much more interesting film than many give it credit for.

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General Discussion / Re: 3 films to recommend Clint to new viewers
« on: July 12, 2018, 06:52:51 PM »
That's great, Hocine! Thanks so much for sharing your story. 8)

I had managed to never see a Clint Eastwood movie until 1992. Unforgiven made me a fan, and like you, from then on I could never get enough of everything: Clint Eastwood movies, and as many books and articles as I could find about him and his career.

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Nice! That last one reminds me of when my mother (an art teacher) was teaching me about perspective.  Not much traffic on those tracks, I reckon?

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: FOOTBALL WORLD CUP 2018
« on: July 11, 2018, 06:57:12 PM »
Aw, I'm sorry, Gant.

An England-France matchup would have been so great, too! The Napoleonic Wars all over again.

Congrats to England for making it this far ... and go, France!

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: FOOTBALL WORLD CUP 2018
« on: July 10, 2018, 07:20:34 AM »
No Swedish ancestry, just a fan of Sweden in general ... plus I read a lot of Swedish thrillers. :)

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^ I like that review, Aline, thanks for posting it. My reaction was somewhat along those lines.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: FOOTBALL WORLD CUP 2018
« on: July 08, 2018, 10:26:48 AM »
Well, with Sweden gone, I'm rooting for England all the way now, Gant! :)

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: FOOTBALL WORLD CUP 2018
« on: July 07, 2018, 06:55:41 AM »
So will the whole of Sweden. ;)

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General Discussion / Re: 3 films to recommend Clint to new viewers
« on: July 05, 2018, 02:26:38 PM »
Hocine, you may have only 9 posts so far, but every one has been outstanding. I'm just curious: How long have you been a Clint Eastwood film?

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Very nice! I never played around to find there's a pro mode (I have a Samsung Galaxy also).  I'm sure that will help -- I've always gotten pretty sub-par photos with my camera. Great tip.

Thanks, Matt. Here's a couple more phone cam pix I've gotten lately:

"Manhattanhenge" effect on June 12, near Columbus Circle:


A bit past the peak Manhattanhenge days, on June 25, West 40s:


Midday, overhead shot in Union Square Park, June 16:


Finally (no pro effects on this one) ... what could be cooler than a pit bull in shades? (Today, Seventh Ave. and 51st)



PS, that reminds me ... Cute pup, Jed. :)

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Eastwood News / Re: THE MULE: Production Information and News
« on: July 03, 2018, 06:53:17 AM »
^ Great pictures, thanks. And there's this:

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Throughout it all, Earl is haunted by his past mistakes ...

Yup, sounds like a Clint Eastwood character, all right.

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Here's a shot I took tonight in the garden of my building with my phone camera. I find I can get much better pictures with it by using the Pro mode. There are only a few settings you can adjust, but they really help. (I have a low-level Samsung Galaxy.)




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General Discussion / Re: 3 films to recommend Clint to new viewers
« on: July 01, 2018, 08:57:05 PM »
You could always play it safe and go with Dirty Harry. That way, she'd get to see where the Tightrope guy was coming from.  :)


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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: 2018 Movie Discussion
« on: July 01, 2018, 08:02:46 AM »
I also wait until the very last of the final credits have finished rolling!

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General Discussion / Re: 3 films to recommend Clint to new viewers
« on: July 01, 2018, 08:00:49 AM »
Very good choices, Hocine, and I like your reasoning. Leone and Siegel are an important part of what made Clint Eastwood who his is. Since they both came at the beginning of Clint's career, seeing two of their films with him plus an early film that Clint directed would also keep with Aline's idea that one should be allowed to start with the early things, then follow his rather astonishing development through the last several decades.

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