Clint Eastwood has an old-fashioned sense of responsibility to his audience: he often feels obliged to cross t’s and dot i’s that other filmmakers leave cryptically unadorned. But if Eastwood is virtually alone in playing by rules that most filmmakers started ignoring back in the Seventies, why should it bother anyone at all? The fact is, however, that Eastwood is always bothering somebody.
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You can read the complete version of this article in the September / October 2003 print edition of Film Comment.