Spanish journalist Francisco Reyero presents his new book 'Clint Eastwood: Made in Spain', followed by a conversation with Mark Levine from Brooklyn Central Library.
The making of Clint Eastwood as a worldwide star began with a journey into the unknown. When struggling to find work in 1964, Eastwood took an offer from a non-established Italian director to shoot a western movie in Spain. Director Sergio Leone hoped to count on the likes of James Coburn, Charles Bronson, or even Henry Fonda as the star for the movie. However, financial restraints left him with Clint Eastwood, a young man with moderate success in television, as his only choice. After several chaotic weeks in Spain, unpaid bills, and threats of ending the project, 'A Fistful of Dollars' premiered in Italy in 1964. The success of the movie brought Eastwood back to Spain, where he worked over the next two years in the equally succesful 'For a Few Dollars More' (1965) and 'The Good, The Bad and The Ugly' (1966). Eastwood became a well-known star three years later, when the films were premiered in the US.
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