Having starred in 44 films and directed 27, Clint Eastwood is a living legend. This book traces the evolution of his star persona from the mysterious gunslingers he played in such Westerns as the "Dollars Trilogy", "High Plains Drifter", "Pale Rider", and "Unforgiven", to the rogue cops and other troubled macho heroes he brought to life in the "Dirty Harry" films, "The Gauntlet", "Tightrope", "Heartbreak Ridge", and "In the Line of Fire". Along the way, Eastwood has also surprised his fans by taking uncharacteristic roles in comedies ("Every Which Way But Loose"), adventure films ("White Hunter, Black Heart"), and romantic movies ("The Bridges of Madison County"). In addition, no book on Eastwood would be complete without a look at some of the most acclaimed films he has directed, including "Bird", "Mystic River", "Million Dollar Baby", and "Flags of Our Fathers". "The Hollywood Icon" series: People talk about Hollywood glamour, about studios that had more stars than there are in heaven, about actors who weren't actors but were icons. Other people talk about these things, Taschen shows you.
"Hollywood Icons" is a series of photo books that feature the most famous movie icons in the history of cinema. These 192-page books are visual biographies of the stars. For each title, series editor Paul Duncan has painstaking selected approximately 150 high quality enigmatic and sumptuous portraits, colorful posters and lobby cards, rare film stills, and previously unpublished candid photos showing the stars as they really are. These images are accompanied by concise introductory essays by leading film writers; each book also includes a chronology, a filmography, and a bibliography, and is peppered with apposite quotes from the movies and from life.
Douglas Keesey is a professor of film and literature at California Polytechnic State University. He wrote the TASCHEN books Erotic Cinema and Paul Verhoeven, as well as The Films of Peter Greenaway and Don DeLillo.