On the occasion of his 91 years, return on the 5 most striking films of the grandiose career of Clint Eastwood.
Clint Easwtood is considered one of the greatest filmmakers in the history of the 7th art. Today, the American celebrates his 91 years, the perfect opportunity to look back on his career and on the determining films of the latter.
The good, the bad and the ugly – 1966
Third and last film in Sergio Leone’s “Trilogy of Dollars”, The good, the bad and the ugly came out in 1966. At that time, Clint Eastwood was already playing the cowboys in the series Rawhide. He agrees to play in an Italian western from a still unknown director: Sergio Leone. With For a handful of dollars, he becomes a real star in Italy. His second film under the direction of Leone, and for a few more dollars, is also very popular with the Italians. However, The good, the bad and the ugly brings Clint Eastwood to Europe like never before. Italian actress Sophia Loren calls him ” Italy’s biggest male star “. Still considered a supporting actor in the United States, Europe is already acclaiming the actor as a great movie star.
A thrill in the night – 1971
After the success of the “Trilogy of dollars”, Clint Eastwood is interested in the profession of director in addition to that of actor. His first project is called ” A thrill in the night “. However, in 1970, her father died of a heart attack. He then abandoned his project for several weeks before coming back deeply changed. He no longer drinks alcohol and is much more careful with his health. In this film, Clint Eastwood also plays the main role. It is the first time in his career that he has played neither a soldier nor a cowboy. The film is fairly well received by critics. This year, Current Biography estimates the total worldwide receipts for his films at $ 200,000,000. The magazine Life considers it the ” most popular movie star in the world “.
Ruthless – 1992
20 years after his first film as a director, Clint Eastwood is now a well-established international star. Ruthless is considered by the press as a revisionist western. Director and actor, Clint Eastwood also composes the soundtrack of the film. On stage, he is accompanied by Morgan Freeman, Richard Harris and Gene Hackman. The film shows real violence, to demystify the murder. Upon release, the film made $ 14,000,000 in revenue. This is a ” classic western that will be remembered “According to Variety and ” best western since 1956 ” according to Los Angeles Times. To the Oscars from 1993, Ruthless wins four statuettes. Best Director for Clint Eastwood, Best Film, Best Supporting Actor for Gene Hackman and Best Editing for Joel Cox.
On the road to Madison – 1995
Clint Eastwood puts on three hats again for this film. It is Bruce Beresford who is supposed to direct this film but following disagreements with Eastwood, it is the latter who takes on this role. On screen, he is accompanied by Meryl Streep, whom he convinced to join the project. On the road to Madison amazes the public so much it shows a still unknown side of the actor. Behind the action films, we discover a romantic Clint Eastwood in ” a moving and elegiac love story at the heart of the dripping work »As written New York Times. The film makes over $ 70,000,000 in the United States alone. Also an actor, it is he who will compose the excellent soundtrack of the film. The album is notably at the top of jazz record sales.
Gran Torino – 2008
At 78 years old, this film is the ultimate consecration of Clint Eastwood’s acting / directorial career. Starring the Vietnamese Hmong community, the latter wishes to appeal to real members of this community both in the casting and in the cast. He then turns with non-professional actors, Bee Vang and Ahney Her. At the end of the running, the film brings in $ 269,958,228. Grand Torino is Eastwood’s biggest box office success as a director. In Cannes, the film won the Palme for best foreign film. It was on this occasion that the directors of the festival presented him with the Palme d’honneur for his career. He also declared that his role would be the last on the screen. A promise that he will break later with in particular A new chance in 2012 and The mule in 2019.