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By Leonard Engel

In his contemporary motion pictures — Unforgiven, Mystic River, and Million buck child — Clint Eastwood has printed himself as a better determine than moviegoers had imagined him to be. whereas he has been an incredibly winning actor, developing iconic characters in genres, Western and detective movies, as a director, his fresh movies have reached a stunning energy, intensity, and maturity.

The individuals to this quantity revisit and think about his profession as an actor and director, and are a part of a turning out to be severe assessment of Eastwood's movies. a typical thread, notwithstanding, is their appreciate for his cinematic storytelling. They research how he placed his person stamp on specific genres, whereas extending and enriching our figuring out of his achievements.


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29 Marisol’s predicament, however, antedates the beginning of the narrative. Her abduction and imprisonment and the wrenching separation from husband and child occurred long before The Stranger appeared in San Miguel. This brutality is not the initiating act of violence for The Stranger’s actions. 30 The Stranger first encounters Marisol during his reconnaissance tour of the Rojo complex. Thinking she is one of Rojo’s men, he accidentally knocks her out and then uses her to ingratiate himself with the Baxter clan, who trade her back to Ramon Rojo in exchange for their own son.

And who gets to make the exchange? , wash away) Feminism and the Limits of Genre 27 the sins of humans on Earth. Or, one can redeem a coupon for money off some desired object. Or, one can redeem a pawn ticket, getting back that war medal, wedding ring, guitar—whatever had been hocked in the first place. An exchange is made, a trade-in, a transfer of some kind: this for that. Lost in the general acceptance and application of Slotkin’s ideas is a close reading of the content of that exchange and the parties involved.

Through their presence, women threaten the “freedom” of men on the frontier. In the logic of the Western, once women arrive, they bring civilization with them: children, schools, churches, and a clear set of expectations. Women insist that men stay put and farm or ranch, be fathers, upright citizens. They might even insist that men stop all that homosocial activity, like drinking in the saloon, playing cards, and forming posses. Even apparently revisionist Westerns make this same association between the feminine and civilization.

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