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No Such Thing as Heroes: Clint Eastwood, Metahistorian

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posted on 26.07.2021, 23:20 by JAMES LESLIE CURNOW
This thesis makes an argument for Clint Eastwood as a historian director with a demonstrable appetite for the use of the medium to champion and expand cinema’s potential as a tool for the exploration, deconstruction and re-examination of traditional approaches to the past. A case is made that the eighteen dramatic historical films Eastwood has directed show a consistent emphasis on subverting the conventions of historical subgenres; reinterpreting historical events or individuals; rejecting certitude in favour of ambiguity; and inviting reflections on the insurmountable gap between the past and the histories we construct in order to recapture it.


Principal supervisor

Constantine Emmanuel Verevis

Additional supervisor 1

Deane Williams

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School of Media, Film and Journalism


Doctor of Philosophy

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Faculty of Arts