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Today, SISgraphy will talk about the filmography of our birthday man of the week: Clint Eastwood, who moves us and has a career that, over time, has brought us incredible scenes.
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He began his career in the 1950s and his first film was in a small role in “Tarantula” (1955).
His first major role was in the series “Rawhide” (1959), in which he played Rowdy Yates and became known throughout the country. This series was of the western type, which would be his main style as an actor.
Between the 1960s and 1970s, he starred in several western movies and had some major highlights.
In the 1980s, Clint dared to move to behind the scenes. I do not think he even imagined that he would be recognized more as director and producer than as an actor, because his works bring messages that mark generations and generations.
In 1988 he directed “Bird” which was a Charlie Parker biopic, and received the Golden Globe for Best Director (1989), the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and the Oscar for Best Sound (1989).
However, Eastwood only began to appreciate when, at the age of 62, he directed and starred in the film “Unforgiven” (1992), which was nominated for nine Oscars and won four of them (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor – Gene Hackman and Best Editing).
“The Bridges of Madison County” (1995) was a beautiful film in which he acted, directed and produced. This movie tells the story of an Iowa mother (Meryl Streep) who died and her children find letters from her that tell a strong relationship she had with a photographer (Clint Eastwood). This relationship make them reflect on their own love lives.
In 2003 he directed “Mystic River” and was nominated for five Oscars, winning two of them. The film tells the story of a girl who was found dead and three men, including her father, begin to investigate the case searching for the killer. In the film we can clearly see the reunion with the violence and pain that the characters must face as they recall some striking facts of the past that should be forgotten forever.
But I think his first movie that impacted me was “Million Dollar Baby” (2004), which won him the Oscar for Best Director and Best Picture. This film tells the story of a trainer and agent of boxers (Clint) who lives a bitter life and has only one friend. He refuses to train a woman (Hilary Swank), but after much determination of it, he ends up accepting. It was his first movie that marked me, because I was old enough to understand the message of the movies I watched, but I assume that some of his older films are as remarkable as this.
Later, Clint produced and directed “Letters from Iwo Jima” (2006), which earned him the Oscars for Best Picture, Best Direction, Original Screenplay and Sound Editing 2007. This film tells the story of the Japanese from the last line of defense Japan during the World War II and who knew that the chances of surviving the situation were minimal and therefore decided to write letters to give voice and face to those who reported the months before the battle from a Japanese point of view.
In 2008 he directed and produced the film “Changeling“, a film about a mother (Angelina Jolie) who goes to work and, on her return, discovers that her son has disappeared. Months later police claims to have found the missing child, but she insists that is not her child.
In the same year he acted, directed and produced the film “Gran Torino“, a film about a Korean war veteran and a super racist (Clint), who has immigrants from Laos as neighbors. This film has such a beautiful message about racism, prejudice and bullying. I always thought it was the kind of movie I would not like because it talks about gangs and etc., but it’s one of my favorite movies until today!
Clint was also in the direction of films like “Invictus” (2009), “Hereafter” (2010) (I love it and recommend for everyone), “J. Edgard” (2011), “American Sniper” (2014), “Sully” (2016) and most recently “The 15:17 to Paris” (2018) (which I thought I was going to hate, but after understanding that the actors in the film were not really actors but the boys who lived the event, I found it a super film).
With his typical tough-guy performances, he has an unparalleled sensibility for many hits, proving why he has become a living icon and one of the greatest directors of American cinema.
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