Aim for the Heart (Hardcover)

The Films of Clint Eastwood

By Howard Hughes

I. B. Tauris & Company, 9781845119027, 252pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2009

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Clint Eastwood is one of the world's most popular action stars, who has matured into one of America's finest producer-directors. Entertaining, illuminating and packed with information, Aim for the Heart is the first book to cover his full life in the movies, showing how as both actor and filmmaker Eastwood aims for the heart of the drama, whatever the story.

Howard Hughes follows Eastwood's craft through over 50 movies. He looks at his beginnings in fifties B-movies and in TV's Rawhide and his launch into superstardom in Sergio Leone's sixties spaghetti westerns. Later roles are discussed, including Beguiled, The Bridges of Madison County and Million Dollar Baby. Since 1970, Eastwood has enjoyed parallel success as director-producer of his own Malpaso Productions, with Bird, Mystic River and Letters from Iwo Jima, demonstrating formidable directing credentials.

Alongside details of all his movies, Eastwood's story is illustrated with film stills, glimpses behind the scenes, and rare poster advertising material. Also featuring the most comprehensive credits filmography ever compiled on Eastwood's work, as star and director.

About the Author

Howard Hughes is the author of Once Upon a Time in the Italian West, Crime Wave: The Filmgoers Guide to the great Crime Movies, both published by I.B.Tauris, as well as The Pocket Essential Guide to Spaghetti Westerns and The American Indian Wars.

Praise For Aim for the Heart: The Films of Clint Eastwood

“An exhaustive work, fine as a reference resource for someone who needs a little more information than the Internet Movie Database can provide.” -- The Weekly Standard

Praise for Howard Hughes: On Stagecoach to Tombstone: "Hold your horses for next month's release of Stagecoach to Tombstone: The Filmgoer's Guide to Great Westerns, author Howard Hughes' detailed tome on 27 classic films." - "Written with panache and fresh insight…buy it!" – Dave Worrall, Cinema Retro

"A deftly written collection of essays, full of fascinating insight, this will be a must for fellow travellers on the sagebrush trail." – Howard Maxford, Film Review

On Once Upon a Time in the Italian West: "Howard Hughes has written a well-researched, detailed, no-nonsense and above all enthusiastic guide to twenty of the best Italian Westerns from A Fistful of Dollars to My Name is Nobody. He has aimed for the heart, and unlike the bad guy in Fistful, he has hit it."--Christopher Frayling, author of Spaghetti Westerns