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31 Days of Eastwood

31 Days of Eastwood

Clint Eastwood was born May 31, 1930 in San Francisco, California. 80 years later, there aren’t any superlatives or awards left to bestow on the filmmaker and movie icon. December 2009 saw the theatrical release of Invictus, his 31st film credit as director. Short of Woody Allen, no working director has produced such a prodigious body of work, which like Allen’s, spans the entirety of the 1970s, ’80s, ’90s and ’00s. Eastwood hasn’t filed for retirement benefits yet, having already wrapped the supernatural thriller Hereafter starring Matt Damon and set for release in 2010.

There weren’t enough days in May 2010 for me to cover every Eastwood film. The Man With No Name trilogy he made for director Sergio Leone — A Fistful of Dollars (1964), For A Few Dollars More (1965) and The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (1966) — are without words, while Eastwood’s work for Don Siegel in Escape From Alcatraz (1979) is exceptional as well. Some fans have a fondness for Clint gunning down every Nazi in Europe in Where Eagles Dare (1968) and somebody might even love his ill-fated pairing with Burt Reynolds in City Heat (1984).

Here are links to each of my 31 Days of Eastwood posts, listed in order of their U.S. theatrical release. Happy 8-0, Mr. Eastwood.

The Beguiled 1971

Inauspicious Shadows and Poisonous Candlelight ~ The Beguiled (March 1971)

Play Misty For Me 1971

Odd Little Story About A Disc Jockey ~ Play Misty For Me (November 1971)

Dirty Harry 1973

The Most Powerful Handgun in the World ~ Dirty Harry (December 1971)

High Plains Drifter 1973

Fire and Brimstone on the Plains ~ High Plains Drifter (April 1973)

Breezy 1973

Shacking Up With a Flower Child ~ Breezy (November 1973)

Eiger Sanction 1975

Blaxploitation Goes Mountain Climbing ~ The Eiger Sanction (May 1975)

Outlaw Josey Wales 1976

We Got Us the Josey Wales ~ The Outlaw Josey Wales (June 1976)

Gauntlet 1977

Get Off the Bus ~ The Gauntlet (December 1977)

Every Which Way But Loose 1978

Stupid Pet Tricks ~ Every Which Way But Loose (December 1978)

Bronco Billy 1980

Greatest Horse Opera on Earth ~ Bronco Billy (June 1980)

Firefox 1982

A Man and His Stolen MiG ~ Firefox (June 1982)

Honkytonk Man 1982

Pit Stops of the Dust Bowl ~ Honkytonk Man (December 1982)

Tightrope 1984

Handcuffs in The Big Easy ~ Tightrope (August 1984)

Pale Rider 1985

When The Man Comes Around ~ Pale Rider (June 1985)

Vanessa In the Garden 1985

Merchant Ivory in Prime Time ~ Amazing Stories 1.12: Vanessa In the Garden (December 1985)

Heartbreak Ridge 1986

Gung Ho About Being a Marine ~ Heartbreak Ridge (December 1986)

Bird 1988

Pushing Charlie Parker Into the Shadows ~ Bird (September 1988)

White Hunter Black Heart 1990

Crazed Director In Africa ~ White Hunter Black Heart (September 1990)

Unforgiven 1992

Meaner Than Hell Cold Blooded Damn Killer ~ Unforgiven (August 1992)

In the Line of Fire 1993

On The Trail of the Assassin ~ In The Line of Fire (July 1993)

A Perfect World 1993

On the Road To Nowhere ~ A Perfect World (November 1993)

Bridges of Madison County 1995

Romantic Pang For Anything or Anybody ~ The Bridges of Madison County (June 1995)

Midnight In the Garden of Good and Evil 1997

Skullduggery in Savannah ~ Midnight In The Garden of Good and Evil (November 1997)

Space Cowboys 2000

Guys Past Their Retest Dates ~ Space Cowboys (August 2000)

Blood Work 2002

Blood Type D Negative ~ Blood Work (August 2002)

Mystic River 2003

Dark Secrets Lurking In the Old Neighborhood ~ Mystic River (October 2003)

Million Dollar Baby 2004

On the Ropes ~ Million Dollar Baby (December 2004)

Letters From Iwo Jima 2006

Red Sun, Black Sand ~ Letters From Iwo Jima (December 2006)

Changeling 2008

Lincoln Heights Confidential ~ Changeling (October 2008)

Gran Torino 2008

Widowed By War, The Auto Plant and Their Wives ~ Gran Torino (December 2008)

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