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Clint Eastwood and Issues of American Masculinity$
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Drucilla Cornell

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780823230129

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823230129.001.0001

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Conclusion: The Last Take

Conclusion: The Last Take

(p.185) Conclusion: The Last Take
Clint Eastwood and Issues of American Masculinity

Drucilla Cornell

Fordham University Press

This chapter presents some concluding thoughts about Eastwood' films and his ability as a director. Eastwood the director addresses the most urgent and searing questions of ethics and politics today in his films—from the question of evil to the possibility of moral repair and reconciliation. He does so through familiar American genres in film, from the gunslinger West to the police beat, from the boxing ring to the mythic battle fields of our history's greatest war. His films cut us to the core of our being, not because they show us what it means to be a good man but because they illustrate so powerfully what a struggle it is to even make an attempt. These films have, and will continue to have, a profound staying power in what they communicate about human relationships.

Keywords:   Clint Eastwood, masculinity, films

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