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Dirty Harry's America"Clint Eastwood, Harry Callahan, and the Conservative Backlash"$
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Joe Street

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780813061672

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813061672.001.0001

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Before Dirty Harry

Before Dirty Harry

Making Clint Eastwood

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Dirty Harry's America

Joe Street

University Press of Florida

The first chapter places the dominant creative individual of the films in context, tracing Eastwood’s rise as an actor during the 1960s and examining the development of his screen persona. The chapter then discusses the directorial career of Don Siegel, the director of Dirty Harry, revealing common themes in Siegel’s films. These discussions establish some of the key themes of the book’s approach to the Dirty Harry series. The chapter offers an in-depth assessment of the Siegel-Eastwood partnership. Through this, it reveals Siegel’s influence on Eastwood’s career. It concludes with a brief discussion of the genesis of the Dirty Harry project and the process by which Eastwood became its star, Siegel its director, and San Francisco its location.

Keywords:   Clint Eastwood, Don Siegel, Dirty Harry

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