Friday, 16 February 2018

Collecting Clint in print # 11 Clint Eastwood: Hollywood’s Loner (English)

Clint Eastwood: Hollywood’s Loner written by Michael Munn is a book which I remember buying from new. The author was a familiar name due to his regular columns and stories within UK Film magazines such as Photoplay and Film Review. This is quite an easy and enjoyable read. Thompson also had the advantage of interviewing several of Eastwood’s co-stars including Lee Van Cleef, Lee Marvin, Ingrid Pitt, Kay Lenz, Donald Sutherland and Tyne Daly. It is illustrated with two sections of b/w stills. The reproduction of the stills are good and on glossy paper. The book is the regular sized hardback format measuring approx. 15.5 x 23.8 cm and consists of 257 pages. It was first published in England by Robson books; 1st Edition UK edition February, 1992 and covers Clint’s career up through to The Rookie. There are some nice photos used in this book, including a very rarely seen shot from the final fight scene in Play Misty for Me. The front cover (for this 1st edition) features a candid photo of Clint while the back cover features a very nice colour publicity shot of Clint and Jean Seberg from Paint Your Wagon. As for the availability of this book, it varies a great deal. I have seen used copies on Amazon starting from £25.00 and new copies range from £110.00 to a staggering £399.00!!!  The book does show up occasionally on Ebay (mostly Pre-owned) and usually with a buy now or starting price of approx. £5.00. The original cover price on the first published edition was £16.95.    

Collecting Clint in print # 10 Clint Eastwood: Sexual Cowboy (English)

Clint Eastwood: Sexual Cowboy written by Douglas Thompson is a book which I remember buying from new. The author was a familiar name due to his regular stories found within The Sunday Express, The Daily Express and The Mail on Sunday newspapers. As I remember, this is quite an easy and enjoyable read. Thompson also had the advantage of interviewing Eastwood on a number of occasions. It is illustrated with two sections of b/w stills. The reproduction of the stills are good and on glossy paper. The book is the regular sized hardback format measuring approx. 15.5 x 23.8 cm and consists of 216 pages. It was first published in England by Smith Gryphon; 1st Edition UK edition Sept. 1992 and covers Clint’s career up through to The Unforgiven (as the book refers to it). Actually the book also refers to Unforgiven’s original script title as The Cut-Whore Killings rather than The William Munny Killings. There are some nice photos used in this book, including that great shot of Clint with Jo Ann Harris at  a screening for The Beguiled. The front cover (for this 1st edition) features a photo of Clint from a session which saw the same image appear on a great deal of magazine publications in the Eighties. However, the paperback edition (below) came with a different cover photo, an even earlier picture dating from around 1976-77. As for the availability of this book, there really shouldn’t be too much of a problem. I have seen used copies (both hardback and softback editions) on Amazon starting as low as 1p. It also shows up regularly on Ebay (mostly Pre-owned) and usually with a buy now price ranging from £2.50 - £15.00 for the Hardback edition. The original cover price on the first published edition was £15.99.    

Collecting Clint in print # 9 Clint Eastwood: A Biography (English)

Clint Eastwood: A Biography written by Minty Clinch is a book which I remember buying from new and thinking for years the author’s name must had been some kind of joke. Then I found out she wrote for the Sunday Times and The Observer newspapers. As I remember, this is quite an enjoyable read.  It is illustrated with two sections of b/w stills. The reproduction of the stills are good and on glossy paper. The book is the regular sized hardback format measuring approx. 16.5 x 24.8 cm and consists of 248 pages. It was published in England by Hodder & Stoughton Ltd; First Edition on 1st Sept. 1994 and covers Clint’s career up through to A Perfect World. Most stills used are film based, but there are some nice behind the scenes shots featuring Clint with Jean Seberg playing pool, and a rarely seen photo of Alison and Kyle (with very long hair). The front cover (for this 1st edition) features a photo of Clint and looks to be from the Mayor of Carmel period. However, other re-prints do come with a different cover photo. As for the availability of this book, there really shouldn’t be too much of a problem. I have seen used copies (both hardback and softback editions) on Amazon starting as low as 1p and new copies at £49.99. It also shows up regularly on Ebay (mostly Pre-owned) and usually with a £2-3 buy now price. The original cover price on the first published edition was £15.99.    

Collecting Clint in print # 8 Clint Eastwood: Film-Maker (English)

Clint Eastwood: Film-Maker written by Daniel O’Brien is a book which is a very good read. I remember ordering this from new and I wasn’t disappointed. It is not an entirely scholarly read, but it is intelligently written.  It is generally well-illustrated throughout with b/w film stills. The reproductions of the stills are also of a good quality. The book is a medium paperback format measuring approx. 9.5” x 6.5” in size and consists of 208 pages. It was published in England by BT Batsford Ltd publishing in 1996 and covers Clint’s career up through to The Bridges of Madison County. Most stills used are of the standard type, but there is a nice shot of Albert Popwell from Magnum Force in the back of the taxi searching his working girl for hidden money. It’s a shot which I can’t recall seeing anywhere else or as a press still – which means there’s hope out there and it exists somewhere. Overall, I like this book a great deal. As for the availability of this book, there really shouldn’t be too much of a problem. I have seen used copies on Amazon starting as low as 1p and new copies at £6.00. It also shows up regularly on Ebay (mostly used or as ex library) and usually with a £2-3 buy now price. The original cover price on the first published edition was £14.99.   

Collecting Clint in print # 7 Clint Eastwood VIP Cinema – (German)

Clint Eastwood VIP Cinema – (German text) written by Berndt Schulz is a book which is part of a series that also featured Robert De Niro, Don Johnson and Nick Nolte. As I recall, I remember picking up this book from a German seller at a film fair in London. It is generally well-illustrated throughout in both colour and b/w. The reproductions of stills are also of a good quality. The book is a large paperback format measuring approx. 11.5” x 9.5” in size and consists of 80 pages. It was published in Germany by VIP publishing in 1993 and covers Clint’s career up through to A Perfect World. There are also some nice colour pictures covering the Oscars win for Unforgiven, the film that is also used for illustrating the books front cover. There is also a terrific colour shot of Clint taken on location from Magnum Force, sitting on a chair at the shipyard. It’s a lovely shot which I can’t recall seeing anywhere else. Overall, it’s a pretty nice publication. Availability for this particular book is a little on the tough side, you don’t see too many copies around these days especially on Amazon. However, it does show up occasionally on Ebay (more often from Germany) and usually with a £5.00 starting price.    

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Collecting Clint in print # 5 & 6 Clint Eastwood from Rawhide to Pale Rider – the man and his films (English translated edition)

Clint Eastwood from Rawhide to Pale Rider – the man and his films (English translated edition) by François Guérif is a book which originated from France. The book was translated into English by Lisa Nesselson. I always liked this particular book as I remember it the first to provide a full Rawhide episode guide and some nice French advertisements for the Dollar films. Unfortunately, although generally well-illustrated throughout, the reproduction of stills was not the best in quality. 
The book is a large paperback format measuring approx. 9.1” x 8.3” in size and consists of 200 pages. It was first published in the UK by Roger Houghton publishers in 1986 and carried the Pale Rider photograph cover (left). 
There was also an American version (below) released in the same year and published by St. Martin’s Press / New York. Whilst the content was identical the cover was considerably different with a painting (which appears to be from Sudden Impact) by Marc Cozza. Overall, a pretty enjoyable read. The book can still be found these days on both Ebay and Amazon, and can be picked relatively cheaply dependant on condition. 
      

David Frangioni’s Clint Eastwood: Icon Book Updated and Expanded Edition

On Tuesday I had the great pleasure to receve a phone call from author David Frangioni. David’s original Clint Eastwood Icon: The Essential Film Art Collection is regarded among fans as the definitive authority in terms of Eastwood artwork books. What perhaps sets David aside from other authors of Eastwood related publications is the fact that David is a genuine fan and collector, and his passion is reflected on each of those glorious pages. It was a couple of years ago now, when David entrusted me with the news that he planned to update and expand his book and keep me informed of its progress. Well, the good news is – that David’s book is now complete with an expected street date of May-June 2018.
The updated book features a wealth of additional content, this new edition of Clint Eastwood: Icon presents an unprecedented collection of film art and rare material surrounding the legendary actor as seen through the original iconic artwork. This comprehensive trove gathers together poster art, lobby cards, standees, Italian Spaghetti Western Premier Posters, studio ads, and esoteric film memorabilia from around the world. From his early roles as the nameless gunslinger in Sergio Leone’s spaghetti Westerns, to the vigilante films of the 1970s and 1980s, through his directorial roles and latest releases, Clint Eastwood: Icon captures the powerful presence that turned Eastwood into the definitive American hero.
I’m also very proud to announce that The Clint Eastwood Archive will be working closely with David in promoting this book. David will also be producing some exclusive video content for us as well as promo videos and the latest up to the minute press releases. I can tell you that some of the new content is incredible, as are the stories behind them. All will of course be revealed within the pages. The book will be printed using the best grade of paper in order to present the artwork in the best possible quality. It should also be remembered that proceeds from the book will also benefit charities.
It is very clear from our conversation that David’s enthusiasm for this book is pretty unrivalled. I’ve had the pleasure of talking to a great deal of authors who have written books on Eastwood, and I’ve also helped contribute to some of those publications.  However, David brings something unique - the genuine fan element. It is something that transfers from the heart to the printed page, and undoubtedly makes it something very special indeed.
Stay tuned for more information in the coming months.