A Clint Of Filmology

I suppose it started with that tune. Moricone’s haunting melody. For a teen, I think I noticed my parents’ reaction as much as the acting. In fact, what acting? Moody violence mostly, with neat bloodless bullet holes and sweaty shootouts. A Fistful of Dollars, probably starts my film journey with Clint Eastwood. That grubby knitted cape, the chewed cheroot, the ready violence, the lack of a name. He wasn’t a role model, heroic, moral. Just a presence. None of the usual lead’s neat hair and chiselled chin. Was that the attraction?

There have been many Clint films since then. The Dirty Harry franchise that really didn’t make my day. The comedic attempts with Clyde the Orangutan I recall from my Acne Years at Uni in Every Which Way But Loose and its sequel. At least the monkey had a reason to eschew dialogue.

I didn’t like Play Misty For Me. All I know remember of it was the gloomy scenes when I could barely see what was happening. And there was something with Jodie Foster that, in my memory jars rather.

More recently there was Gran Torino which I thought excellent and yesterday the Mule. He’s broke, unloved by pretty much everyone and takes the job as a driver. Only it’s drugs he’s driving. He uses the cash to repair some damage but inevitably causes more. It’s a nice film.

As he’s aged, and he’s ancient now he’s not mellowed. He still chews his words like those bloody cigarillos, his acting is static and minimalist but that’s more likely arthritis than method and he plays that curmudgeonly old grump who’ll kowtow to no one, as a natural successor to the grubby non-syllabic cowboy of yesteryear.

But I enjoy his films. I enjoyed the Mule. He pokes fun at himself, at his generation. He puts in a few nice touches about the importance of family. Even at 80 something he still gets the girl, though these days it’s with a side of defibrillation. It’s the story. He tells a good story. With nicely rounded believable characters. Basically he’s still got the touch which given he started back in the 50s with Rawhide (that really was before my time) is extraordinary.

I doubt I’d like him: he’s a second amendment supporting Trump apologist but so what? He makes films I like. That’ll do.

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published several books: a four book series following Harry Spittle as he grows from hapless student to hapless partner in a London law firm; four others in different genres; a book of poetry; four anthologies of short fiction; and a memoir of my mother. I have several more in the pipeline. I have been blogging regularly since 2014, on topic as diverse as: poetry based on famous poems; memories from my life; my garden; my dog; a whole variety of short fiction; my attempts at baking and food; travel and the consequent disasters; theatre, film and book reviews; and the occasional thought piece. Mostly it is whatever takes my fancy. I avoid politics, mostly, and religion, always. I don't mean to upset anyone but if I do, well, sorry and I suggest you go elsewhere. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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11 Responses to A Clint Of Filmology

  1. trifflepudling says:

    For the more sentimental among us ‘The Bridges of Madison County’.
    I didn’t go for all that casual violence in the Westerns or Dirty Harry!

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  2. A good review. Maybe we all started with spaghetti. Do not forget Lee van Cleef

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  3. davidprosser says:

    I think I liked him as Rowdy Yates in TV’s Rawhide. By the way, thanks so much for the reminder that I am old enough to remember. I probably didn’t mind the ‘Right turn Clyde’ ffilms too much but I wouldn’t bother too much otherwise .It’s doubtful I could forgive his political stance with Trump quite as easily as his films, the majority of Americans don’t seem to want an autocracy any more than Dirty Harry Callaghan would have.


  4. Perhaps as a second amendment supporting Trump apologist he should be shot. He should be used to it by now!


    • TanGental says:

      You know, I wonder if he ever has been. He’s been in so many movies full of guns I wonder if he has dodged all that ordnance. Bit of research needed, I think


  5. I have always liked Clint’s movies (Ex the monkey ones). I ignore his comments as I do with all entertainers.

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  6. willowdot21 says:

    Go ahead make my day .,…Punk !

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  7. petespringerauthor says:

    Even before Covid, my wife and I weren’t going to the movies much. The Mule was the last film we saw in a theater. I think it was one of the best Eastwood films that I’ve seen.

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  8. I wasn’t really a fan, but enjoyed him in Absolute Power and In the Line of Fire. He didn’t rate at all in the humour stakes and Bronco Billy was a disaster IMO. He’s directed some brilliant movies though.


  9. JT Twissel says:

    Clint Eastwood can be seen every now and then in the Bay Area and he’s a known creep but I do love Gran Torino.

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