Mineshaft Gap

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The Outlaw Josey Wales (Eastwood, 1976)

This was perhaps the first film that showed Eastwood as auteur, and it is still a classic in a lot of ways. The Eastwood western was always a different breed than that of Hawks and Ford, or even Leone. Eastwood is more interested in family than action, and in paternalism in both its positive and negative aspects. Josey Wales is a famed killer, and yet one that was driven by forces outside his own traditional Missouri farm. His story is a tragedy and a fairy tale. It is a story for adults, and Eastwood handles it with both tact and horror, longing and joy.

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