Another one of those Leonian westerns that Eastwood made in his career (with also a Morriconian soundtrack). However, High Plains Drifter works as a film with Eastwood's signature, mixing all his directing influences (among Leone, Siegel and Sturges) and creating a bizarre, suffocating film that escalates to a deadly and wonderfully ambiguous ending. Eastwood only made a perfect western in Unforgiven, but this one...
Usually censored on TV.classic Clint Direction not bad for a 1st film.errie supernatural seen it 15 times in 35 years like the birds or where eagles dare always seems like I'm seeing it for the 1st time. It was on TCM cable again. probably Top 30 of 70s movies? Gotta see it again.
Starring Clint as a cynical, egotistical asshole, this movie is creatively cruel with the right amount of absurdity to make it funny. I like that the entire city is treated like shit, except for the town midget and Indians. I like how he eventually turns out to be no bigger asshole than the town's inhabitants. My only dislike was of the spiritual overtone with the beaten-to-death sheriff which is just plain stupid.
I love that movie. It's the first western directed by Eastwood himself and I think he did a tremendous job. His character is so violent, with almost no redeeming qualities, but once you understand his motivation you kind of see him in another light. I liked the almost mystical feel of the film, the town all painted in red and the nightmarish flashbacks.
The gritty, supernatural tone that Eastwood brings to this film is unprecedented. It's vicious and raw and real. The thematic elements all come together to take what was once a small mining town and turn it into hell, painted red by a lost soul without a marker. Leone's influence on Eastwood is unmistakable. I really enjoyed this film and this version of Eastwood.
Really really awful film. Okay that is unfair but raping a woman and then twisting the story to make it appear as if she liked and wanted it??? Wtf???? And this not once but twice???? I just cannot get past that, sorry. This is the stuff the Steubenville rape case is made of. What a shame because otherwise this movie really would be a master piece.
This stoner western holds up beautifully. It's so purely conceived and directed that it feels almost Asian. It ranks with the great iconoclastic works of the 70s. The male imaginary of a woman who likes getting ravished (by a white movie star) must have seemed more plausible in 1973. This film is so powerful that it makes the same imaginary seem almost plausible in 2013. We are all Lagoans who long to be Clint!