Clint Eastwood 101 If Clint Eastwood never made a movie, he would still be remembered, albeit faintly, as one of the stars of the long-running television Western Rawhide. For eight seasons, he played the character of Rowdy Yates alongside Eric Fleming, who like him, graduated from B-movies to TV stardom. Eastwood had bigger plans, however, when he accepted the lead role in A Fistful Of Dollars, a Western remake of Akira Kurosawa’s Dashiell Hammett-inspired samurai movie Yojimbo, shot in Spain and helmed by the largely untested Italian director Sergio Leone. The gamble paid off. Using European locations to stand in for the Old West, Leone defined (though he didn’t create) the genre later dubbed “spaghetti Westerns.” The film took a cockeyed approach to the myths of the American West, balancing sardonic humor and cranked-up violence with hints of outsized emotion that would grew more pronounced with subsequent films. The film was an instant success in Europe, in no small part thanks to Eastwood’s tight-lipped, poncho-clad performance as a non-traditional good guy. Though someone calls him “Joe,” he never states his name, and the character became known internationally as The Man With No Name. Reprising the persona, if not the exact… Read full this story
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