Masters of Cinema: Clint Eastwood - Directing the West

Course Dates: 07/05/23
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: Keeley Street
“The Western brought me a certain notoriety” – Clint Eastwood the last of the Western Film Directors. This course will look at Eastwood’s body of work set in the American Wild West from High Plains Drifter to Cry Macho. We will explore his themes, storytelling, influences and techniques in creating a truly American art form.
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Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00

Course Code: HF180

Sun, day, 07 May - 07 May '23

Duration: 1 session

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What is the course about?

The Western film genre launched Clint Eastwood’s acting career, from the long-running television cowboy series, Rawhide through to the ground-breaking Sergio Leone Italian Westerns. The indelible image of Eastwood dressed as a cowboy is part of cinema history. Following in the traditions of the great Hollywood Western Directors, Ford, Walsh, Hawks, Mann, and Peckinpah, Eastwood as actor/director single-handily kept the genre alive from the 1970s to the 1990s with a fistful of thought-provoking diverse films set in and around the American West. By analysing his westerns as a director we will discover how he achieved his art.

What will we cover?

The course will cover the storytelling and directing techniques employed by Eastwood to highlight the American West. We will analysing his directorial western films: High Plains Drifter, The Outlaw Josey Wales, Bronco Billy, Honky Tonk Man, Pale Rider, Unforgiven and Cry Macho. We will also examine the influences of directors Don Siegel and Sergio Leone on Eastwood’s development as a director.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Have a better understanding of the background and techniques employed by Eastwood to create his Westerns
- Further develop skills of analysis and interpretation to your own wider film knowledge.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is an introductory level course delivered as an informal talk aimed at building appreciation skills of the work of a film actor/director. It is also suitable for all who enjoy viewing and discussing film.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

There will be short introductory talks by the tutor, along with extracts from Eastwood’s films included for film analysis.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Please bring a notebook and pen for notetaking. The tutor will provide all film materials.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Please look for other film courses at, Culture and Writing/film studies.

Graham Rinaldi

Graham Rinaldi is a freelance film lecturer and writer. He is the author of the biography on the British comic actor, Will Hay and he is currently researching his next book, the acting career of David Bowie.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.