In this film there is also an element of the supernatural, or so it would appear. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. And I will tread down the people in mine anger, and make them drunk in my fury, and I will bring down their strength to the earth. Clint Eastwood stars in and directs the film. Clint Eastwood's film High Plains Drifter 1973 The first time I saw High Plains Drifter was probably in the late 1970s.
. A series of events soon has the townspeople questioning whether siding with the Stranger was a wise idea as they quickly learn the price that they each must pay for his services. This stranger is also very good with a side arm. Clayton, University Press of Kentucky, 2014. Particularly effective in this unforgettable opening scene is the music sounding like the high whine of the wind off of the desert. Complete buildings, rather than facades, were built, so that Eastwood could shoot interior scenes on the site. Wayne sent back an angry letter, denouncing High Plains Drifter for its violence and revisionist portrayal of the Old West.
The film was well received by many critics, and rates 96% positive on. And I looked, and there was none to help; and I wondered that there was none to uphold: therefore mine own arm brought salvation unto me; and my fury, it upheld me. Clint Eastwood and Issues of American Masculinity. I haven't seen a concept like this before. The film was shot on location on the shores of ,.
Presented in The Philosophy of Clint Eastwood, edited by Richard T. High Plains Drifter made its Blu-Ray debut on October 15, 2013. The eerie, piercing, foreboding musical score by Dee Barton. The , , and restored it. By all means see this for an early look at the work of Clint Eastwood as both an actor and a director. I won't go any further into the plot but suffice it to say that Eastwood is just beginning to kick tail. The more people try to hide their sin, the greater God's Judgment.
That isn't the American people who settled this country. The performances of the ensemble cast. The strong script by Ernest Tidyman The French Connection, Shaft. Clint Eastwood plays a stranger who rides into the town of Lago--and he has a really bad attitude. Camus's stranger is an existential anti-hero, a kind of benign sociopath who really doesn't feel anything for others except as they affect his life. He favored a less explicit and more supernatural interpretation, and excised the reference.
The film had its share of detractors. By night fall, the town is in flames with several civic leaders killed while the remaining citizens are huddled in the saloon. After a shootout leaves the town's hired-gun protectors dead, the town's leaders petition the Stranger to stay and protect them from three ruthless outlaws who are soon to be released from prison. The film was critically acclaimed at the time of its initial release and remains popular today, holding a score of 96% at the review aggregate website. On his way out of town the following morning, the Stranger pauses at the cemetery as Mordecai is finishing a new grave marker. That sort of thing is not done in cinema these days. His reviews of non-kiddie fare are some of the best out there.
There's always retribution for your deeds. Additional scenes were filmed at 's and California's. Cracks in the Pedestal Ideology and Gender in Hollywood. It is only the ubermensch, that rare breed celebrated in the works of the German philosopher, who has the skill, the strength and the will to bend events to his liking and to take on those who would use violence to achieve their ends. Many people are shot, a woman is raped, two men are whipped to death, and another is hung by a bullwhip. We are degenerate, we humans, he is saying, except for those rare individuals who take the law into their own hands, make their own rules, and through superior skill and bravery, make their own luck and create their own reality, as does his stranger. Indeed, I can't recall a western movie in which a gunman could draw faster or shot straighter, or any movie hero who was less afraid of putting his life on the line.
The anti-hero with no name--Clint Eastwood, of course, a throwback to his days making spaghetti westerns in Italy with Sergio Leone--comes riding tall in the saddle down into a valley with a mining town by a lake. The stranger riding into Lago the first scene of the film is a symbol of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ: not as the Lamb of God, but as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah. The Stranger harasses the outlaws with dynamite and long-range rifle fire, leaving them to ponder their attacker's identity. The Stranger declines the job until Shaw tells him he can have anything he wants, taking full advantage of the deal by indulging in the town's goods and services while appointing barbershop employee Mordecai as sheriff and mayor. It is ultimately revealed that Duncan's death was arranged by most of the townsfolk to conceal the truth of their mine being on federal property, double-crossing the outlaws they hired to murder the marshal. Plot: The people of Lago hire the nameless stranger to protect them from a returning trio of outlaws led by Eastwood regular Geoffrey Lewis who have a score to settle with the town.
The idea that a woman might be turned on by being raped would not play before today's audiences, nor would a Hollywood producer make such a film. However, the townsfolk begin to second-guess their hire when the nameless man begins to take advantage of them in exchange for providing protection. While many of the townsfolk want the stranger to protect their town, several others who want the secrets of the town preserved scheme to have him removed…permanently. In an interview, Eastwood said that earlier versions of the script made the Stranger the dead marshal's brother. In addition to a strong use of point-of-view camerawork, Eastwood fills the film with masterful shots using angles, reveals, foregrounds, backgrounds, mirrors, lighting, and shadows. The people of Lago tried to hide the murder of Marshall Duncan, but their sin was found out.