Saturday 27 May 2017

Review: Eastwood on Eastwood

Phaidon, €44.99, Hardback

Picture perfect:
Clint Eastwood plays
around with camera
at home in 1962
Picture perfect: Clint Eastwood plays around with camera at home in 1962

The American film critic and documentary maker Michael Henry Wilson has been studying his friend Clint Eastwood for years. His new book, Eastwood on Eastwood, is a rare and intimate recounting of the veteran actor and director's long career put together with his full co-operation.

The large format 240-page book is the culmination of a 30-year-long collaboration between Eastwood and Wilson, giving a fascinating insight into how Eastwood works, what inspires him and why he makes the choices he does.

As well as the wonderful on-set pictures, there are lengthy question-and-answer sessions in which Eastwood talks about subjects close to his heart: jazz and cinema, Carmel in California (where he served as mayor), and Hollywood. The book includes many photographs from Eastwood's private collection, notably from his youth and his early career.

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