Eastwood the Director

Posted by Jim on Aug 14th, 2017
Aug 14

I think Clint Eastwood is a great filmmaker. I enjoy watching him act, but I also seek out the films he directs. I think it would be fun to present a schedule of his directorial efforts.

Day One (half day)
Pale Rider (1985, 116 minutes)
Evening Screening
High Plains Drifter (1973, 105 minutes)

Day Two
Bird (1988, 155 minutes)
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997, 155 minutes)
Evening Screening
The Bridges of Madison County (1995, 134 minutes)

Day Three
Mystic River (2003, 137 minutes)
Gran Torino (2008, 116 minutes)
Evening Screening
Sudden Impact (1983, 117 minutes)

These selections cover a wide range of Eastwood’s topics. There are westerns and action movies, as well as dramas. Eastwood’s love of jazz is shown through his Charlie Parker biopic Bird. The one film Eastwood directed where he plays Dirty Harry Callahan is included at the end of the program. The Oscar winners Unforgiven and Million Dollar Baby are not included on the list, because I have chosen them for other themed lists (the former in the Westerns schedule, the latter in the Sports Films schedule). I reserved his companion films Flags of Our Father sand Letters from Iwo Jima for the WWII Film Series. If I had an expanded schedule that took up a full week, I would have included these aforementioned omissions, as well as Play Misty For Me and probably some more of his biopics, such as Sully or Jersey Boys.