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Tough Ain't Enough: New Perspectives on the Films of Clint Eastwood
edited by Lester D. Friedman and David Desser
contributions by Lucy Bolton, Alexandra Keller, Charity Lofthouse, Lester D. Friedman, David Desser, Stephen Prince, Jonathan Kirshner, Diane Carson, David Sterritt and Murray Pomerance
Rutgers University Press, 2018
Paper: 978-0-8135-8601-4 | Cloth: 978-0-8135-8602-1 | eISBN: 978-0-8135-8603-8
Library of Congress Classification PN2287.E37T58 2018
Dewey Decimal Classification 791.43028092


Throughout his lengthy career as both an actor and a director, Clint Eastwood has appeared in virtually every major film genre and, at this point in his career, has emerged as one of America’s most popular, recognizable, and respected filmmakers. He also remains a controversial figure in the political landscape, often characterized as the most prominent conservative voice in mostly liberal Hollywood. At Eastwood’s late age, his critical success as actor and director, his combative willingness to confront serious cultural issues in his films, and his undeniable talent behind the camera all call for a new and comprehensive study that considers and contextualizes his multiple roles, both on and off screen. Tough Ain’t Enough offers readers a series of original essays by prominent cinema scholars that explore the actor-director’s extensive career. The result is a far-reaching and nuanced portrait of one of America’s most prolific and thoughtful filmmakers.  

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