From this vantage point looking back, Clint Eastwood was a top director for my money from the very beginning. It took the Academy and the critics years to anoint him as a top drawer director. Unforgiven gave him that distinction as well as a much deserved Academy Award for his efforts.
As I went back and watched some of his early efforts with my sons as they got older I was very impressed with his skills behind the camera and had to wonder why a film like The Outlaw Josie Wales never garnered any Oscar nominations in the technical categories. It’s that pretty to look at. The Eiger Sanction as well.
“Where does it say that I gotta drop what I’m doing and answer the phone every time it rings? ”
“You’re going to look pretty silly with that knife sticking out of your ass. ” …… a gorgeous one sheet not in my collection…… 😦
1973 brought Breezy. It would take another 15 years till Clint directed a film he didn’t star in as well. That was 1988’s Bird.
“jet setters, assorted zombies, come here to watch a climb. If they’re lucky, they get to see a man die on the mountain. ”
I love this one…. Eastwood’s coming right out of the poster to take you down.
“Dyin’ ain’t much of a living, boy. ” …………. “Yeah, well, I always heard there were three kinds of suns in Kansas, sunshine, sunflowers, and sons-of-bitches. ” …………….. ” Are you gonna pull those pistols or whistle Dixie? ” …………….. “He might as well ride along with us; Hell, everybody else is. ”
Another awesome one sheet.
“On a scale of one to ten, I’d have to give her a two, and that’s because I haven’t seen a one before. ” ………… “You see we’ve got a problem, you and me. We don’t like each other much but we have to take a trip together. Now you can come along peacefully or you can be a pain in the ass. But I’m warning you: You mess around and I’ll put the cuffs on you. You talk dirty – I gag you. You run – I’ll shoot ya. My name is Shockley and we’ve got a plane to catch. Let’s go. ” ………………… “Nag, nag, nag.”
One more from the secret stash of originals……
For a look on how Clint got this poster designed, click here and special thanks to a regular reader for sharing.