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Unforgiven-----The 1992 film Unforgiven marked a pivotal moment for Clint Eastwood Celebrated by his peers the critics and the box office Eastwood became the proverbial thirty-year overnight success as a director In spite of our easy familiarity with Eastwood he has remained until recently an intimate stranger A celebrity whose public persona more often than not summarily codifed him as a flag waving zealot a mouth piece of the conservative political faction Eastwoods position as a masculine heroic actor was widely acknowledged and clinched in the 1950s Many were overwlemed with the unexpected complexity of Unforgiven His work is an effort to show the persistent effort to uncover the true meaning of masculinity in American culture especially the potential for mans ability to relate to women The Man with No Name persona created for Eastwood really was a caricature of the American male created by Hollywood genre films That Eastwood could carry to most of his major roles is a comment on both his genuis and the influence of the pulic Of course not all of Eastwoods work has been about the self evaluationand genre deconstruction Clint Eastwood may appear as the softy oddball proto-feminist and champion of the outsider as well as the standard tough guy as he tries both to define and break free of an imprisioning imagethat has destroyed a number of his predecessors It is his attemptto reclaim the image that has made him both enigmatic andendearing Each of Eastwoods films taught him more about his craft and eventually prepared him for Unforgiven A lean provocative antiwestern in which the good guys are not so swell and the bad guys are not entirely deserving of their fate For Eastwood it was something new garbed in familiar cowboy clothing Only after the final gunfight does the director allow his alter-ego the actor to indulge in a brief farewell speech Eastwood takes the work seriously but
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