In White Hunter, Black Heart, Clint Eastwood reaches close to his creative peak, both as an actor and a director. A penetrating, highly involved movie, loosely based on the true story of John Huston travelling to Africa to film 'African Queen'.
Eastwood plays the central character - a self-centered, megalomaniac movie-director, who sacrifices everything and everybody around him during a trip in Africa, just to fulfill his own ambition to shoot an elephant. Along the way he faces up to some moral and ethical dilemmas, and battles his own personal demons in the excellent climax.
As an actor here, he displays a depth that is not often found in his more traditional western films (which I also loved!). As a director, I believe it is the beginning of a run of films where he rarely makes a false step, and was his creative peak.
White Hunter, Black Heart seems even more impressive today than when it came out, and certainly didn't deserve its fate as the biggest box-office disaster of Eastwood's career. The film is superbly acted, edited, and is perhaps the best looking film Eastwood has directed. Check it out.