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General Discussion / Alan J Lerner on Paint your Wagon
« on: October 24, 2003, 05:15:36 PM »
Here I am sitting at work, Archiving the same Old stuff, I thought?
Then I find I have an old interview with Alan J Lerner, about his career etc, they touched on Paint your Wagon for a while, interesting about the film version, he was talking about the track There's a coach coming in he said that they actually had 800 singers on location singing that song (and he was one of them),
I put on a costume and did a Hitchcock!
regarding Lee Marvin and Wanderin star it took him 3 weeks! to actually record the track in the studio,
I went into the studio and some days we would get one line! (laughter) he was terrified of the microphone, he could sing, like anybody else, if he was walking down the street or something.. but like so many people, stick them in front of a micrphone, they were terrified, and he was petrified! (laughter) In the beginning the trouble was the key of the song, it just didn't sound like Lee Marvin, so i kept saying to Nelson Riddle "drop the Key, drop the Key" and finally, in order to make it sound like Lee Marvin, it came out in a key that has never been sung before my the Human Voice! (laughter) and never will be again!

Just thought i would share that ;)

Eastwood News / CLINT ON BACK ROW RADIO 4 18 OCT 2003
« on: October 17, 2003, 12:10:46 PM »
STARTING 17.30-1800
In the last forty years Clint Eastwood has racked up 45 starring roles, directed 24 films and popped a Director and Best Picture Oscar onto his sideboard. On Saturday 18 October in a UK radio exclusive Clint Eastwood joins Jim White to look back at his career.

Clint Eastwood's latest release  Mystic River, a tale of revenge and memory, abuse and duty, stars Tim Robbins and Laurence Fishburne, who talk to Back Row about their admiration for Eastwood's directorial approach.

Eastwood News / Ennio Morricone 75th Birthday Concert!
« on: October 13, 2003, 06:29:55 PM »
Just thought I would let all UK members know (although everyone at the NFT last Tuesday, may have got a flyer) that Ennio Morricone Will be celebrating his 75th Birthday with a concert at the Royal Albert Hall, London on Monday, November 10th, Tickets range from £13.50 - £58.50. Morricone, famous for his Musical scores from A Fistful of Dollars, For a few Dollars More, The Good, the Bad and The Ugly and In the line of Fire will be conducting The Rome Symphony Orchestra along with the Crouch End Chorus, that stunning Choral section of The Mission springs straight to mind..
A combined musical force of approx 200 people will be on stage for this one off Special Night! Before the concert, there will be a documentary film about the man and his career! :D
Tickets can be obtained on line or by telephone 020 7589 8212 (box office hours 9am - 9pm) A friend of mine rang me tonight, and simply said, You and Deb are both coming! Now that's what I call a nice present!
Hope some of the Board members can make it, I'll think it will be a night to remember!

« on: October 08, 2003, 04:11:47 PM »
For the first time ever!
This is a combined post!
What an incredible week this has been. ::)
Firstly, the A & E documentary gets aired on US TV, a project the Philo and myself had worked on and getting a credit on an Eastwood project, a dream come true, and as we thought , could hardly be topped?

Tuesday, watching the wonderful Mystic River, and attending the NFT interview, was simply a wonderful night.

Wednesday, for most of today, there was absolutely no chance of any tickets to the Parkinson show....until

The wonderful Clare, from the Parkinson Production office called to say there were just Two tickets that had suddenly become available.
I was by this time already on my way to TV centre, my staff pass in hand, in the hope of simply catching a glimpse of the man one more time.

Could not find Philo when I got there, so our plan B kicked in, and I headed straight to the studio, which was another pre arranged meeting place.. But still no Philo?

I told staff, that I was simply looking for a friend of mine, at which point I was amazed to hear my name mentioned back to me and a ticket presented to me!

Philo was in there! I was told to go up and join him.
I swear to god! I kissed the man on the head!! ;D ;D ;D

A wonderful night, yes a lot of questions were similar for anyone who was at the NFT.. the show went very well and a good line up of guests.

We made our way towards stage door, at this time Parkinson appeared in the same corridor. I said to him, "wonderful interview", and he asked if we enjoyed it? "it was great" I replied "and also enjoyed the show at the NFT last night"
"Very good" he replied.

Moving swiftly to stage door, we waited for at least 10 minutes. In the hope that we could catch the man.
Finally, he was there! :o

philo first approached him as he came from stage door
His security said, No, no autographs.

I brought to his attention in a voice loud enough for Clint to hear that we had just spent six months on and off working on this documentary. Sure enough Clint heard part of what I had said observed with interest the situation and said "What's that"?

He then commented and I quote word for word from Philo who claims he will never forget this magic moment.

Clint said ....

"If they work here then that's alright"

The next 5 minutes were magical no other word for it.

We covered various things  e.g. Mystic river , the A&E doc, 25 years of following his career and what a joy it has been for all.

Thanks to a phone message received the night before about the change of date we did have with us items in the hope they could be signed.

I had brought two very nice colour studio shots from Dirty Harry and Philo had with him an original script from Escape from Alcatraz.

Clint was very happy to sign them all, so much so that he asked for my name to dedicate to . (something neither of us had thought to ask)

Philo asked if he had enjoyed the A&E and he said he had.

He then left and then afterwards I hate to quote from Coogan's bluff but we couldn't believe what had happened even when it was happening.

After both collecting rare materials on the man for over 25 years, we now feel after this week that there is not a lot more we could achieve.

A moment we will never forget

It is as simple as that .

The Stranger and Philo .

Eastwood News / Parkinson NOW RECORDING TONIGHT!!!
« on: October 08, 2003, 02:26:38 AM »
Just to let everyone know, Parkinson is now being recorded tonight (Wednesday) instead of the usual Thursday night slot.

Eastwood News / Feedback on Gut Instinct (A&E's "Biography") please...
« on: October 06, 2003, 02:26:37 AM »
For those of us outside of the US, could some of the members please fill philo and myself in on how the Doc' looked etc.
We'd be very Grateful. thanks in advance.

Eastwood News / Clint comes to PARKINSON
« on: October 04, 2003, 03:49:37 PM »
Great News, we can confirm that Clint will be coming to the BBC on the 9th Oct, the PARKINSON show is recorded this Thursday (usually) for TX on the Saturday 11th Oct, safe to say Philo and myself will be here! ;) Either raiding his dressing room, or floating around stage door! ;D
Great News!

At long last, something to report on the new Doc'.
Here's a Synopsis sent to both myself and Philo:


"Go ahead.  Make my day";  Clint Eastwood made the line famous in Sudden Impact (1983), a film he starred in, directed and produced.  In his remarkable career, Eastwood has achieved a level of prestige that few in Hollywood can match.  Highlights from films such as Unforgiven (1992), Dirty Harry ( 1971) and Mystic River (2003), as well as home movies, behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with Eastwood, his family and contemporaries such as Quincy Jones, Tim Robbins, Don Rickles, and Laurence Fishburne chronicle the life of actor, director, producer, musician, inn keeper, clothing manufacturer, golfer and former mayor of Carmel, California, Clint Eastwood.

Born on May 31, 1930, Clinton Eastwood Jr. was quickly uprooted from his birthplace of San Francisco as his father, Clinton Sr. desperately sought work during the Great Depression.  In 1940, the Eastwoods settled in Piedmont, California, where Clint worked countless part-time jobs to help support his family.  A handsome 6'4 teenager, he developed a passion for cars and jazz.

In 1951, 20-year-old Eastwood was drafted into the Korean War and sent to basic training in Fort Ord, California.  After befriending an actor at the Army base, Eastwood made the decision to explore the unique profession.  In 1954, with a new wife in tow, Eastwood tested and signed a contract with Universal, who saw promise in the actor's rugged good looks.  After a lackluster beginning, however, Eastwood made the move to CBS in 1959, where he landed the second lead role in the successful western, Rawhide.  

During hiatus and after the cancellation of Rawhide, Eastwood traveled to Italy to star in director Sergio Leone's spaghetti westerns, among them the heralded Fistful of Dollars (1964) and The Good, The Bad and the Ugly (1966).  After returning to the States, forming his own production company and fathering two children with his wife Maggie, Eastwood secured a role in Coogan's Bluff (1968), directed by Don Siegel, who became a lifelong mentor.  Eager to take on more responsibility in filmmaking, Clint Eastwood made his directing debut with the 1971 film Play Misty for Me.  Future directorial successes would include the commercial blockbusters Dirty Harry, Every Which Way But Loose (1978) and Sudden Impact.  Though inspired by his professional achievements, Eastwood was unfulfilled by his marriage.  His divorce to Maggie was finalized in 1984.  

Two years later, eager for another challenge and frustrated by the town's bureaucracy, Clint Eastwood became the heralded mayor of Carmel, California.  He entered office as the long-time boyfriend of actress Sondra Locke, but a bitter two-year palimony suit ensued when Eastwood left her for actress Frances Fisher, with whom he fathered a child.

After a string of box-office disappointments, Eastwood emerged victorious with the 1992 hit, Unforgiven.  The film grossed more than $100 million in the U.S. and earned four Academy Awards, including Best Actor and Best Director, both for Clint Eastwood.  The 63-year-old followed up his success with a critically acclaimed performance in 1993's In the Line of Fire.  In 1995, Clint Eastwood married for the second time.  Dina Ruiz, a TV reporter from Salinas, California, captured Eastwood's heart and graciously welcomed his extended family, which also includes a daughter by Fisher, into their life.  The happy couple welcomed their own child, Morgan in 1997.

In October of 2003, Eastwood will release his 24th directing effort, Mystic River, starring Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon and Laurence Fishburne.  Incorporating his lifelong love of jazz, Eastwood also co-wrote the music for the film, demonstrating that the ambitious entrepreneur shows little signs of slowing his pace.

Highlights include:

·   Rare behind-the-scenes footage of Eastwood directing The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976).
·   Interviews with Clint Eastwood, Dina Eastwood, his children Alison and Kyle, his mother Ruth, director Martin Scorsese, comedian Don Rickles, actors Tim Robbins, Lawrence Fishburne, James Garner, Eli Wallach, Forest Whitaker and music producer and friend Quincy Jones.
·   Rare behind-the-scenes footage from Dirty Harry.
·   Never-before-seen home movies of Clint Eastwood with family and friends from the late 1950s and early 1960s.

CLINT EASTWOOD:  GUT INSTINCT is produced by Prometheus Entertainment and Foxstar Productions in association with Fox Television Studios and A&E Network.


 ::) check this out, this is the cover for a European release of THE EIGER SANCTION. Looks like the person in the publicity dept went out for a liquid lunch, came back and let their airbrush run wild :o :o :o :o

-Stranger- ::)

General Discussion / Hey Philo I've seen blood Work!!
« on: July 17, 2003, 03:17:00 PM »
I'm not sure but better add possible spoilers?

Well, well, well I have a feeling I am probably one of the very last members of this group to finally see BLOOD WORK... ::)

My Verdict, should anyone be interested: ;D
I have to say, I think this is probably one of the most enjoyable Eastwood films (for me personally) since IN THE LINE OF FIRE!!! Yes, I really thought it was that good! I really didn't know what to expect..
Firstly, and I know the book was a hell of a lot more complex, which would not of made for good viewing.
But purely as a film, I thought it was a great thriller, an intelligent story, although I have to say I was beginning to put 2 and 2 together before the reveals in the film, so maybe a little predictable in areas. (I must point out at this point, I have not read the book yet, but Debie had). So I really never had any pre conceptions of the actual story, yet my early ideas in the story were proved right. I did not work out who the killer was straight away, but had an idea about the guy helping in the store etc etc..
I thought there was some wonderful touches, including the way Clint holds on the trio eating donuts, just silence, as the 3 of them just sit/stand there and munch...  8). Performances were ok I guess :-\
For some reason it felt very Tightropeish for me.
But as soon as Clint reaches for that Pump action rifle..HI HO!!!! AND AWAY WE GOOOO! Just Great, blasting though the screen (and my centre speaker ;D)
and Clint looking right at home, silent, cool and deadly!
I was amazed how little score there was ???
Plenty of chances to use it, but it just didn't seem to come..
I have to say though, on a first viewing, I got up feeling very happy and with a healthy looking grin across my face, and I don't think I've felt that instantly good about one of Clints films since IN THE LINE OF FIRE..
Deb was filling me in how the book varied etc, which sounded fine from a reading point of view, but sounded as if it would of been a little dull from a watching point of view. Without taking into account the major difference between book and film, and without actually reading the book myself, it sounds as if the balance was probably about right, although as I said, I have not read the book ..
I was just pleasantly surprised, good, solid thriller. :)

Clint Eastwood Westerns / clint on dubbing GBU
« on: July 16, 2003, 04:04:25 PM »
 :-\ Here you go Matt..
Woman July 14th 2003
Jan Janssen
You've recently worked on additional dialogue for the upcoming reissue of The good, the Bad and the Ugly, which was originally released in 1966. What was that like?

Clint Eastwood
It was an odd experience. I found myself on a soundstage doing a voice over on myself. I looked so much younger then that it felt like I was voicing my son Kyle. It's different going back- that was made a long time ago. It was hard to remember the plot line of the movie, much less the new scenes.

It's not a great deal Matt, but it's there for the record..

Eastwood News / "Clint doesn't want to act anymore"
« on: July 13, 2003, 07:09:04 AM »
Well, Matt and myself have been sobbing secretly into each others shoulders off the board :'(
So I guess it is about time to reveal some pretty sad news to the board...
From Woman Magazine July 14th 2003
Clint Eastwood Interviewed by Jan Janssen
From the Sub heading:
"Clint has decided the time has come to choose just one side of the camera.And unfortunately, he's going to stay behind it."

From the Interview:
Q: Why don't you want to act anymore?
A: "After working on so many films over nearly 50 years, you begin to lose your enthusiasm for being on a set, waiting around and having your hair and make-up fussed over. It's become a job, which isn't what you want to hear yourself thinking. I used to be very driven when it came to acting. I was pretty intense when I prepared myself for a part even though I generally played fairly cool and laid-back characters. I always wanted audiences to feel there was some underlying tension beneath the surface."

So, is this a direct answer to a direct question, it seems that way, it's from the mans lips.
I knew this day would come, and as Matt said, it's going to break a few hearts. I couldn't agree more.
During this interview Clint also mentioned about the dubbing on GBU, which I will post in that forum a little later..
Sad news, it would be interesting to hear members comments.

 :D Happy Birthday young fella!
Hope you have a good'n! ;)
-stranger- UK

Eastwood News / clint out take???
« on: April 26, 2003, 01:17:16 PM »
For UK members....
Apparently Clint is meant to be featured in the Out take programme IT'LL BE ALRIGHT ON THE NIGHT on LWT starting in about 5 mins.... Rush for that VHS!!!!!

« on: April 12, 2003, 11:47:05 AM »

Ennio Morricone, a name which will always raise a smile, not only among the Eastwood loyalists, but also among serious collectors of movie scores. For a few Dollars More (1965) has seen many reincarnations since it's debut release back on the United Artists label. It's among many of those titles that has been sadly neglected, both in it's quality, and in terms of available music, it's quantity. That was until now.

Over a period of many patient years I had amassed a total of 8 tracks: Sixty Seconds to what?, Aces High, The Watcher  Watched, Vice of Killing, The Musical Pocket Watch, The Showdown, Goodbye Colonel and For a Few Dollars More.

GDM's new release generously consists of 22 tracks, this Expanded and Remastered CD has without doubt, become the Ultimate Collectors Edition. Extremely Limited to 1000 copies, it's a disc set to become highly collectable in the future.

The Packaging is stunning, GDM stuck to the established European art for it's front cover design, adjusting only the background to a blood red sky, used to striking effect. To the back is a blow up of the famous timepiece revealing the doomed sister of the Colonel, not only a reminder of it's importance in terms of story, but also of it's influence within this fine score. Contained within the CD booklet are Liner notes by John Mansell along side the films main cast and credits. The center spread consists of 6 beautiful colour stills, turning the page reveals a further 6 stills, very nicely designed. On the back page, GDM has included 5 examples of original artwork including German, Italian and a rare Japanese design. A sign that GDM has put this CD together with the fan very much in mind, a rare occurrence these days.
The clear case housing the CD, also reveals a film blow up of Clint's reaction while spotting trouble in the saloon mirror during the poker game sequence.

And so to the music.
I'll keep this review as tight as possible, as opposed to a track by track account. All of the previously released tracks retain their original titles, in Italian, while the new material is simply listed (in Italian) as Per Qualche Dollaro in Piu (seg 7, seg 8, seg 9 etc).
As Lionel Woodman, executive producer for Hillside CD, explained to me, "A lot of the original recordings are now lost"
So in fairness, I guess this seemed like the sensible approach when it came to naming the tracks.
3 or 4 of the tracks contain some of the films effects, probably taken from a very clean sounding M & E (music and effects track) rather then the films final mix. What was apparent on listening to these few particular tracks, was how well these sounds were firmly kept to the rear and how clearly the music was prominently to the fore, clarity and balance of these tracks, are in my opinion, very well produced.
Interestingly, I thought I detected some very subtle echo added to certain cues, resulting in a new refreshing sound, while not detracting from the elements of the original recordings, the result does not harm the tracks at all.

Track 1 was a pleasant surprise, the films original opening and title music, the striking of a match, the cocking of a gun and the inevitable gun shot, with a superbly extended echo prior to the main title striking through the speakers. I have to say, I was stunned at the quality of these recordings. Alessandro Alessandroni's classic whistling lament is as clear and as sharp as I have ever heard. The films gunshots that continue to obliterate the films opening titles, remain clearly to the rear of the recording.

Track 2 is in fact an error, described on the track listing as new music, it is actually the previously released "Carillon" or "The Musical pocket Watch". On the track listing "Carillon" is identified as track 14, which, at first, could be mistaken for "Carillon", also starting with the delicate sound of the watch, until a heavy piano and choir are introduced to the track, a great cue, which could be an alternate unused version? A minor error which does not detract from the outweighed brilliance of this disc. I asked Lionel Woodman about this error, and he confirmed he knew of the error, which occurred during production in Italy.

On comparing the previously released tracks, I'm convinced that "The Watcher Watched" (Osservatori Osservati) is an alternate take, the razor sharp recording reveals what almost sounds like an underlining drum roll and listen for the loud snap, which almost serves as a cue for the menacing brass section, again, another nice surprise.

All other previously released tracks sound identical, apart of course for the vastly superior quality. Track 16 is a great example of simplicity, yet, is still very important to the score. Starting with the gentle tones of Indio's watch, we are treated for the first time to Indio's drug induced flashback sequence and Morricone's eerie accompaniment, before we are brought safely back to the comforting chimes of the watch. Track 12 is a similar mix except this time, before we enter Indio's flashback cue, we have the isolated and menacing pounding of the bell, as Indio reveals that he has known all along that Clint's character is a bounty hunter...

For a few Dollars more, which I can honestly say, I've played a few times in the past ;)  has, in my opinion, never sounded so good.
Alessandrini's guitar is given new life, Morricone's Choir (I Cantori Moderni di Alessandroni) sound both vibrant and fresh.
Nicola Culasso's Trumpet sounds glorious, practically punching through the speakers.
And if all this was not enough?
Tracks 21 and 22 are a couple of incredibly rare treats. Included here are the Two vocal versions of the main title, originally released in the 60's. I seem to recall reading about these tracks, but I was never able to track them down. Sung by Maurizio Graf, Track 21 (Occhio per Occhio) is the original Italian version in Mono, while Track 22 (Eye for an Eye) is the Original English version in Stereo. I could not think of a better way to finish off this Collectors Edition? GDM have worked to the highest possible standards and produced something rather spectacular. Considering the limed availability of the source material, I would struggle to see how they could have done any better?

As I said, extremely limited to 1000 copies, when I spoke to Lionel last, his UK stock is already down to just 150 discs!
An excellent job, and essential listening for every Eastwood fan.

Hillside CD Productions can be contacted at Discs are priced at £16.00 + £1.00 p/p.

Lionel has since informed me that the release of THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY has been postponed and no new date has been announced. I'll keep all members informed of any news as soon as I know more.
-Stranger- :)

Clint Eastwood Westerns / DEATH VALLEY DAYS
« on: January 10, 2003, 07:39:40 PM »
Hey! I had my Laserdisc of DEATH VALLEY DAYS turn up this morning! What a blast! Been after this little gem for quite some time, love that bit of fluff on Clints upper lip! ;D
I was wondering if any other of the members have seen this, and what there thoughts were on it?

Questions & Answers / missing important calender date?
« on: December 06, 2002, 03:14:23 PM »
Hey Cal,
Have we forgot a Special Birthday Calender Date? ;)

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