Clint Eastwood started out in television cinema by starring in western series, but his arrival on the big screen came with Sergio Leone’s Dollar Trilogy. Over the course of a career spanning more than 50 years, Clint Eastwood has established his mark as both a director and an actor, making every film release an event for moviegoers around the world.
While Clint Eastwood’s next film Cry Macho is clarified in a trailer, back on the career of one of the greatest American directors with the discovery of some of his major films.
On the road to Madison – 1995
Upon the death of their mother Francesca, the Johnson children discover that she had guided a photographer through Madison County to photograph bridges in their absence. Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood share the poster for a critically acclaimed film here. We discover a complex love story between two people from two very different worlds. We discover a Clint Eastwood coming out of one of his best periods. He has in fact just realized Ruthless and A perfect world. Here he abandons a certain violence that we sometimes find in his films but always with tortured characters and a tragic end.
Memory of our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima
Dyptych retracing the battle of Iwo Jima and its consequences in the American imagination, the first part traces the path of the men who took part in the famous photo Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima and the lives of the men in the photograph. The film questions American war heroes, heroes in general. Both films are released in the midst of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan at a time when America realizes that it is going to be very hard to keep the promises it made before the war. The second part speaks of the life of the Japanese on the island of Iwo Jima and the notion of Japanese sacred territory, of the abandonment of its young men not understanding until too late that they will never return home.
Bird – 1987
Clint Eastwood offers here a biopic on one of the greatest saxophonists in history, Charlie “Bird” Parker. Worn by Forest Whitaker, the film retraces the life of the jazzman. Big fan of Jazz, the director is keen to make a film about an artist he admires, tortured but talented, in love with drugs and women.
Between unpublished recordings, digitization of his tapes and participation of his friends, Charlie Parker is really honored in this film. This is not the first time that music has been so important in Clint Eastwood’s films: Honkytonk Man went out a little earlier, talks about country while The Jersey boys recently released deals with the career of cult quartet in the United States, The Four Seasons.