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The Rock-itt : November 2009
This issue's Director of the Month is none other than Clint Eastwood. More recognised for his acting roles such as Harry Callahan from the 'Dirty Harry' series, as well as the Man with No Name from 'The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly', Eastwood has grown quite the reputation as not just one of the world's most notable film stars, but also film makers. With over 30 films, Eastwood has claimed 2 best directing Oscars, and 3 Golden Globes for Unforgiven, Bird, and Million Dollar Baby, and gained nominations in the same category for Mystic River and Letters from Iwo Jima. Eastwood began Directing in 1971 after he opened his own production company Malpaso; this gave him the creative control he desired. Although at the time was one if the biggest movie stars in the world after appearing in the Dollars Trilogy (Fistful of Dollars, A Few Dollars More, The Good, The Bad and the Ugly) he started directing shorts like most directors do. His first big assignment was the 70's thriller 'Play Misty for Me' which he also starred in. Eastwood would go on to star in a large majority of the films he directed, especially in his earlier days. Eastwood would go on to direct five more films during the 70's, most notably his westerns 'High Plains Drifter' and 'The Outlaw Josey Wales'. During the 80's Eastwood would act and direct a number of movies. He ended the Dirty Harry series with two films during the decade starring in 'Sudden Impact' and 'Dead Pool'. Again the most popular films he directed were action genre with 'Pale Rider', 'Sudden Impact' and War film 'Heartbreak Ridge', all gaining critical acclaim and success at the box office. 1988 would be Eastwood's first major directorial film award win picking up the Best Director Golden Globe for his work on the film 'Bird' a bio pic on the life of jazz musician Charlie 'Bird' Parker. In 1992 Eastwood re-verted back to westerns, starring and directing what is considered to be one of the greatest westerns and even films of all time in 'Unforgiven'. His portrayal of a gunslinger coming out of retirement for one last job earned himself and his co-stars an array of awards, significantly Gene Hackman's Best Actor in a Supporting Role, and Clint Eastwood's Best Director and Best Picture Oscar wins. Eastwood directed a further 6 films during the 90's but none could match the success of Unforgiven. Eastwood began the new millennium directing and starring alongside Tommy Lee Jones in 'Space Cowboys' where 4 retired Rocket Engineers must return to the final frontier as they are the only men capable of rescuing a failing satellite. This would be just one of for movies that Eastwood would act in during the 21st century. His second, which he would also direct, was 2002's 'Bloodwork'. In 2003 Eastwood gained recognition from the Academy again for his work on 'Mystic River'. Eastwood was nominated for Best Director while stars of the film Sean Notable Films Unforgiven, Mystic River, Letters from Iwo Jima, Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino