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 on: June 04, 2020, 07:22:57 AM 
Started by The Schofield Kid - Last post by Speer
I have four more books in italian (not in the list):

 on: June 04, 2020, 07:22:22 AM 
Started by misty71 - Last post by Christopher
I have Casper on DVD (had it on VHS when I was a kid ;D).

 on: June 04, 2020, 06:30:20 AM 
Started by misty71 - Last post by Speer
Some in DVD, some in BD, some as a file (the oldest ones). I own all Eastwood movies from 1955 to 2019. Not all masterpieces but never mind. There are some watched just once (City Heat, Paint your wagon, Every Which Way But Loose) and other watched hundreds of times. I miss Casper and Bruce Almighty but... it's excusable, isn't it? :2funny:

 on: June 03, 2020, 07:00:07 PM 
Started by Philo Beddoe Jr - Last post by Christopher

(Sorry the image is so big--I don't know how to resize it)

I just saw a new Blu-ray of Breezy is coming August 25 through Kino Lorber. I checked their website and Amazon but didn't see this listed there, so here's the description from their Facebook page:

Coming August 25th!

Breezy (1973)
• NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian Howard S. Berger and Author/Screenwriter C. Courtney Joyner
• Theatrical Trailer
• Dual-Layered BD50 Disc
• Optional English Subtitles

Color 106 Minutes 1.85:1 Not Rated R
From Clint Eastwood, the legendary director of Play Misty for Me, High Plains Drifter, The Outlaw Josey Wales, Unforgiven, Million Dollar Baby and American Sniper, comes this romantic drama starring the great William Holden (Stalag 17) and Kay Lenz (The Great Scout and Cathouse Thursday) as a mismatched pair who eventually find common ground. Breezy (Lenz) is a teen-aged hippy with a big heart. After taking a ride with the wrong sort of guy, she manages to escape and hides on a secluded property where stands the home of a middle-aged and disillusioned divorced man, Frank Harmon (Holden). Frank reluctantly takes Breezy in only to fall, unexpectedly, in love with her. Beautifully shot on location in Los Angeles by Frank Stanley (1941, The Eiger Sanction), Breezy features a lovely score by Michel Legrand (The Thomas Crown Affair) and a wonderful screenplay by Jo Heims (Play Misty for Me).

I like Breezy. I've seen it a couple times and I think I'm always a bit surprised by how much I like it. I might pick this up--it'd be good to check out the commentary for it too.

 on: June 03, 2020, 10:53:44 AM 
Started by Hocine - Last post by KC
Thank you, Hocine! Good analysis.

 on: June 03, 2020, 03:36:42 AM 
Started by Hocine - Last post by Hocine
Yes, that was a pretty good conversation. I guess that they couldn't talk about the whole Clint Eastwood filmography, which is so huge.

About Tightrope, it's definitely an interesting and important film in Clint's career. Not really a perfect movie, though. Anyway, I like it.
I especially like the scenes that Clint shares with Genevieve Bujold and the other ones that he shared with his own daughter, Alison.
Clint showed some vulnerability that he rarely showed before. Tightrope can be seen like a movie about masculinity and its doubts.
The main weakness of Tightrope is the fact that the villain character is not present enough.
Unlike Scorpio in Dirty Harry or Mitch Leary in In the Line of Fire, Tightrope's villain is not so developped.
In many ways, the connection between Wes Block and Leander Rolfe reminds me the other one between Terry McCaleb and Buddy Noone in Bloodwork.

I have an anecdote. Some years ago, I attended a screening of Tightrope in a theater in Paris, France.
At the end of the screening, some moviegoers started to talk about the film and their thoughts.
I joined them. During that conversation, an old man said that Tightrope was cinematographically poor, with a bad direction and a bad editing.
He seemed to dislike Tightrope's shots and its slow pacing. He added that the film needed a great director like Don Siegel.
I told him that Clint Eastwood was probably the director of Tightrope. But he didn't change his thoughts about Tightrope.

Tightrope was released in 1984, when the critics started to recognize Clint as an artist.
By this time, Clint was the box office attraction number one in America. Tightrope contributed to maintain Clint's box office status.
It was the first film for which Clint was considered as a potential Best Actor Oscar nominee. However, he wasn't nominated.

What is interesting is the fact that Clint made Tightrope after an other cop movie, Sudden Impact.
Tightrope and Sudden Impact shared some similarities but are different at the same time.

They are similar because Harry in Sudden Impact and Wes Block seem depressed. They seem to contain some sadness and some bitterness.
I think that Harry's mood in Sudden Impact is close to Wes Block's mood.
The two movies have been photographed by Bruce Surtees, they have many night scenes and almost end like horror movies.

However, the music scores are different. Tightrope music score, composed by Lennie Niehaus, is very jazzy.
Whereas, Sudden Impact music score, composed by Lalo Schifrin, sounds like pop music or funk music.
That's one of the reasons for which Sudden Impact and The Dead Pool are probably more connected to the 1980's than any other film Clint did during that decade.

Sudden Impact has more action sequences and looks more commercial than Tightrope, which seems to be the arty version of Sudden Impact or something like that. Wes Block doesn't deliver a punch line a la Make My Day.

The two films explored the screen persona of Clint Eastwood and the way that Clint's screen persona evolved through the 1980's.
He still made commercial vehicles but he also wanted to explore the vulnerable, ambiguous and dark side of his screen persona.
He started to explore that side with movies like The Beguiled and Play Misty for Me.
Bronco Billy and Honkytonk Man showed that Clint was ready and able to play vulnerable characters.
White Hunter Black Heart is an other opportunity for Clint to play an ambiguous character.

I think that Tightrope seems forgotten today. It remains a courageous project for a movie star like Clint Eastwood.

In Tightrope, Clint delivered one of his best performances of the 1980's, with Honkytonk Man, Bronco Billy, Pale Rider, Heartbreak Ridge and Sudden Impact.

 on: June 02, 2020, 01:58:18 PM 
Started by Macpherson - Last post by honkytonkman
I re-watched "The Gauntlet" . Still enjoying ... It's probably the film directed by Clint that is the most close from a slapstick comedy.

....and what wonderful shots in Arizona and Nevada !

 on: June 02, 2020, 11:47:15 AM 
Started by AKA23 - Last post by Hammerhead
RIP. Just watched Unforgiven :(

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 on: June 02, 2020, 11:45:23 AM 
Started by Macpherson - Last post by Hammerhead
I watched Unforgiven.

He’s really never been better, before or since.

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 on: June 02, 2020, 10:59:39 AM 
Started by Macpherson - Last post by KC

That's very nice ... from Alison's Instagram. Thanks, honkytonkman.  8)

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