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An excellent collection
on 7 June 2009
I'm a fan of Clint Eastwood, and if you are too, this collection is essential. It's also not bad for the price, as there are many films included and some are Mr Eastwood's best.
PLAY MISTY FOR ME is the first film that he directed, and a pioneering one too (Fatal Attraction imitated it many years later).
TWO MULES FOR SISTER SARA is a wonderful Western comedy, with a mellow humour. It stars Shirley Maclaine as a wandering nun.
COOGAN'S BLUFF is interesting for any Clint fan as it was his first cop movie, made just before 'Dirty Harry', but the character that Eastwood portrays harks from Texas and is similar to a tough cowboy in mindset.
HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER is one of Clint's best, not to mention darkest, Westerns. Playing yet another strange man-with-no-name wandering on muleback into a Western town, Clint's character here helps the locals to fight off marauding attackers in unexpected ways. I liked it best for the memorable characters (including a sympathetically portrayed dwarf) and imaginative imagery (the town becomes something of a character in itself).
THE BEGUILED is an excellent film. I won't give away the ending, but be prepared for an unsettling turn of events when, during the American Civil War, a wounded soldier stumbles across a girls boarding school where, after being tended to, he develops more than one romantic relationship as the frustrated girls (and their female guardian) begin to compete jealously for his romantic attentions.
THE EIGER SANCTION does not begin especially well but gets going after the first third or so of the movie. It has some great views of mountainous American landscapes, authentic rock-climbing scenes, Clint jogging in a very fetching tight red T-shirt (ok, that's more for the ladies), and a terrific climax. A pretty good little seventies thriller.
JOE KIDD (a so-so Western) could be placed under the category 'throwaway movie', but it's fine for a chilled-out Sunday afternoon. Apparently the highlight of the movie (slight spoiler here), where a train simply smashes through the wall, was Clint's idea!
BREEZY I have not seen yet, but it should be worth a watch if you are interested in Mr Eastwood's earliest directorial efforts seeing as he made it in 1973. He does not star but it looks like a charming love story between a young, hippyish girl and an older man.