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honkytonkman
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« on: May 22, 2023, 06:52:39 AM »

A small personal discovery that I would like to share with you.
In the filmography of Eastwood director, one can distinguish the films in which he plays and those in which he does not appear. From Pale Rider (1985) until today, the number of films signed Eastwood and in which he appears is approximately equal to those in which he does not appear.

However, there is a central symmetry (thus mirroring) from a very particular film by Eastwood, his opus 25 (op 25): Piano Blues, a documentary film on jazz, in which we cannot really say that he plays since he is in as an interviewer-presenter.
From this film, we see that each following film (in chronological order) corresponds to a previous film (in reverse chronological order, thus going back to the past) in the sense that each film in the 1st list "after Piano Blues" corresponds to a film from the 2nd list "before Piano Blues": this correspondence is defined by an opposition: to each film in which Clint plays corresponds a film in which he does not play and vice versa.

But for it to work, you have to exclude American Sniper from the equation, precisely because this film meets both criteria: Eastwood does not play in it but he appears in it as a cameo.

Let' see :


Million Dollar Baby (op 26) corresponds to Mystic River (op 24)
Flags of our Fathers (op 27) corresponds to Blood Work (op 23)
Letters from Iwo Jima (op 28) corresponds to Space Cowboys (op 22)
Changeling (op 29) corresponds to True Crime (op 21)
Gran Torrino (op 30) corresponds to Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (op 20)
Invictus (op 31) corresponds to Absolute Power (op 19)
Hereafter (oo 32) corresponds to Bridges of Madison County (op 18)
J. Edgar (op 33) corresponds to A Perfect World (op 17)
Jersey Boys (op 34) corresponds to Unforgiven (op 16)
American Sniper (op 35) does not correspond to anything (it is out of category because Clint makes a cameo there)
Sully (op 36) corresponds to The Rookie (op 15)
The 15:17 to Paris (op 37) corresponds to White Hunter, Black Heart (op 14)
The Mule (op 38) corresponds to Bird (op 13)
Richard Jewell (op 39) matches Heartbreak Ridge (op 12)
Cry Macho (op 40) corresponds to Vanessa in the Garden (op 11b)
Juror n?2 (op 41) corresponds to Pale Rider (op 11a)
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« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2023, 06:53:16 AM »

One could draw the prophetic conclusion that Clint Eastwood will not appear in Juror n?2, and that he will still direct 9 films (without acting in them) after this shoot (because Breezy must be excluded for the same reasons as American Sniper) . But I admit that it seems rather improbable!
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