The Gauntlet will no doubt be attacked in various quarters because of its violence, but it’s a harmless, pop-art type of violence, often with a comic quality.
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I can’t believe that this franchise has seven films under its belt. Francis: The Talking Mule originated in the 1946 novel Francis by former U.S. Army Captain David Stern III, son of newspaper publisher J. David Stern. Now you can have the seven-film collection on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber. The sixth movie of the series features Clint Eastwood’s first credited role.
Federico Fellini’s La Strada views like a modern-day fairytale. True fairytales always end in cruelty. The movie’s backdrop is a poverty ravished war-torn Italy in the 50s. Way before Clint Eastwood tried his hand at spaghetti westerns, both Anthony Quinn and Richard Basehart paved the way for American actors to work in Italian cinema. What was viewed as a downgrade or career suicide, La Strada turned into movie gold for both actors. From this movie, Italy and America enjoyed cross-pollination in the movie industry that inspired many years to come after La Strada.
Star Clint Eastwood and director Don Siegel (Two Mules for Sister Sara, The Beguiled, Dirty Harry, Escape from Alcatraz) began their legendary collaboration with the crackerjack crime thriller Coogan’s Bluff. Eastwood commands the screen as Walt Coogan, an Arizona deputy sheriff who is sent to New York City to extradite captured murderer James Ringerman (Don Stroud, Joe Kidd). Coogan slips up, Ringerman escapes again, and the hunt is on! Coogan’s unorthodox law enforcement techniques don’t go over too well with frustrated NYC Police Lieutenant McElroy.
Hang ‘Em High collects more than 500 of the greatest Western movie posters ever made ― each a dynamic masterpiece of graphic design. Collected in a luxurious oversized format and meticulously restored, these posters are presented in as sharp quality as they have ever been seen.
MAN WITH NO NAME: THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLIER Sergio Leone’s trilogy spawned a whole new rebirth of the Western with his "The… Read More »Man With No Name: The Good, The Bad And The Uglier