September 3, 5, 10 & 25, 2012
From his humble beginnings as a young contract player at Universal, leading to his co-starring role as Rowdy Yates (the assistant trail boss on the 1950s hit TV series "Rawhide"), Clint Eastwood has always had a rich and storied history with the Western genre. Unbeknownst to everyone (perhaps even to himself), he was honing his chops to become the pre-eminent American icon of rugged individualism, self-reliance, and macho cool in the movies - a title he has held pretty much unchallenged since his star-making turn in Sergio Leone’s first spaghetti Western, A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS, in 1964, and then in two successive Leone classics, FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE (1965) and THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY (1966). Counting masters like Don Siegel as mentors, as well as friends, Eastwood developed his own powerful, unique style as director, mixing his qualities as an actor with perceptive intelligence and uncommon sensitivity to character. With his own revisionist Western sagas that challenge the conventions of the classic Western and expand on what the genre has to offer - HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER, THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES, PALE RIDER and UNFORGIVEN - Eastwood has charted a course of integrity and excellence in one of the most expansive American (and Italian) genres, and has emerged as an indelible talent both in front of and behind the camera.
Join us for a tribute to Clint Eastwood’s work with Westerns, which also includes Don Siegel’s TWO MULES FOR SISTER SARA.
Series compiled by Gwen Deglise, Grant Moninger and Beth Hanna.
For each event in this series, special Senior Ticket Price: $5! Regular ticket prices apply for General, Student, and Member admission.