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Clint Eastwood: A Biography

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  125 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Through extensive, exclusive interviews with Eastwood (and the friends and colleagues of a lifetime), Time magazine film critic Richard Schickel has penetrated a complex character who has always been understood too quickly, too superficially. Schickel pierces Eastwood's monumental reserve to reveal the anger and the shyness, the shrewdness and frankness, the humor and powe ...more
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Published April 27th 2011 by Vintage (first published November 19th 1996)
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Mike
This book demonstrates there is something to admire about Eastwood (namely his work ethic and relative frugality) but also something to abhor (his womanizing). He is most noted for making non-traditional westerns as opposed to the mythical westerns of John Wayne. Perhaps if he had loosened up the reigns earlier in his career as a director the way he did in "Unforgiven", and every movie thereafter, he might have created more enduring films. Unquestionably an enigmatic figure - rare for a film sta ...more
Jeppe Larsen
Very detailed and wordy biography. Well written by Schickel, who seems to be a friend of Eastwood so there is not much criticism of Eastwood himself, but Schickel does still voice his opinion on Eastwood movies and especially its reviewers. You might not agree with all of Schickel comments, but it makes the reading less dry.

The first part of the book deals with Eastwoods early life before his movie career, and this is where the book shines and is the most interesting. When his careers starts, th
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Jaime Contreras
I like Richard Schikel's biographical books because they are intimate yet respectful. In this biography, Schickel shines the spotlight on Clint Eastwood, one of my favorite actors and directors.

The author paints a picture of a boy born in povrty grow to a teenager whose restless nature leads him to venture out. Eastwood's apssion with jazz, cars and acting come through. His relationships are laid out and seen for hat they were - impetuous decisions. I love how we learn of his 'big break' in low-
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Roland Kermarec
D'une biographie, on attend en premier lieu qu'elle nous renseigne dans un style agréable sur la personnalté que l'on souhaite découvrir davantage. Ce fut totalement le cas ici : j'adore, comme chacun sait, Clint (à la fois l'acteur et l'homme public dans ses prises de position et dans l'image qu'il présente), et ma passion a été nourrie par le texte de Richard Schikel, par la "reconsitution" du parcours de sa carrière ou de sa vie personnelle, par les petites anecdotes sur tel ou tel tournage. ...more
Joe
I started reading this because I know somebody who is a personal friend of Clint. But - jeez - 500 pages is more information than I need about the man, especially when some of it is Richard Schickel, a movie critic, arguing with or refuting other critics such as Pauline Kael. Just tell me about Clint Eastwood, please. The analysis of TV westerns is fascinating as is the making of the first spaghetti western in which an entire genre was invented in a collaboration/clash between Eastwood and Sergi ...more
Elton Gsell
This is an excellent read about an icon of cinema. If you are interested in cinema or interested in Clint Eastwood, this is a must read. Very comprehensive and a joy to read.
Grant
Probably my best choice for anyone wanting to know how Clint Eastwood became the man he is today ranging from his upbringing to his recent past. In my opinion his range of films in both acting and directing is without peer and sometimes not given enough credit. Can you think of an actor/director with the cross section of films like The Good the Bad and the Ugly, Any Which Way But Loose, The Bridges of Madison County, Bird and In The Line of Fire...........and hes still going.
Lucy
Two and a half stars
Margot
Good stories of before he became an actor. The movie topics are a bit ponderous and I felt I needed to skim parts that went too indepth. Hard to tell where author and subject- Clint- opinions and stories blended. The author seems to inject negative opinions throughout. Hard to get through but Clint has lead an interesting life so I tried to read on.
Ashley
well written, in-depth, very interesting. i am really not a non-fiction person though - i will confess that i skimmed much of it. thorough skimming though.
Carl Laamanen
Fantastic biography of Eastwood's life.
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