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« Reply #20 on: March 07, 2011, 05:22:40 AM »

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?

And by relying on his "gut", I assume Clint is saying that he spent many years learning and developing his cinematographic skills and now he knows by heart and experience what it works and it doesn't for him. By "it" I am talking about cinematographic language such as metaphors, symbols, meanings, camera shots/angles/movement, mise en scene, etc. (Since I didn't read the book) maybe that is what the people at Cashiers du Cinema are talking about and this is their way of describing Clint as a great filmmaker.  ???


As a theme, it is best described as that which returns or always tries to return to the projections of our imagination or memory...."

That is one of the focal point of art, movies included.
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« Reply #21 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
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« Reply #22 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
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« Reply #23 on: March 22, 2011, 06:26:28 PM »

I note that Mr. Cigarillo's review has now been published (still with "Michelle Foucault") in the San Francisco Book Review. It can be found at the link he added to his last post, above.
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« Reply #24 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"

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« Reply #25 on: April 15, 2011, 08:52:39 PM »

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

Are you lookin' to eat some lead, punk!
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But you changed it to "Michelle," which is a woman's name. Foucault is a guy, and his first name is "Michel."

... obscure philosophers like Michelle Foucault ...

You still haven't got that quite right. It's Michel Foucault.
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« Reply #26 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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« Reply #27 on: May 18, 2011, 04:56:28 PM »

I got this book for Christmas from MRS MULES and today I finally got around to reading It.  The book does have some Superb pictures and interesting text and I did enjoy reading it. :)
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