A living institution in American cinema, Clint Eastwood burst onto the scene thanks to his starring roles as The Man With No Name in Sergio Leone's brilliant Dollars trilogy in the mid 60s. Eastwood, who up until then had been struggling in run-of-the-mill TV-series, became a superstar overnight, and went on to star in big productions such as Paint Your Wagon, Where Eagles Dare and Kelly's Heroes.
In 1971, Eastwood again struck gold as the vigilante cop Harry Callahan in Dirty Harry. The film and its subsequent four sequels fortified Eastwood's position as the ultimate macho action hero of the 70s, and he continued starring in roles fitting that description for most of the rest of the two next decades - often alongside his then partner Sondra Locke.
During that period, Eastwood also sat down in the director's chair, with varying success. His most acclaimed film until 1992 was arguably his debut, Play Misty for Me, from 1971. However, with Unforgiven (1992), the 62 year old Eastwood gained a massive reneaissance. The film garnered Eastwood his first Academy Award nominations - both as an actor and as a filmmaker, and he won the Best Picture as well as the Best Director award in the process.
For the rest of the 90s and the early 2000s, Eastwood focused mainly on directing and producing his own films, although more often than not with himself in the lead. Through his often serious and honest filmatizatons, he has gained a reputation as one of the finest directors currently working, picking up 7 Academy Award nominations during four years in the mid 2000s.
Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo (1966)
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