I would direct readers to Seymour Friendly's concise and well-written letter herein, written in response to Akiva Gottlieb's highly misconceived attack on Mr. Eastwood.
I'm a progressive and socialist and pacifist, and somehow I find Clint Eastwood's recent film completely wonderful, and coherent with values that I hold near and dear. Maybe if Akiva Gottlieb left his preconceived and fixed notions about this actor/director at the door of the cinema and considered the art of storytelling and irony, he could see past the superficial layers of this film, to the messages lying in the artist's craft, in the deeper layers of character and plot. Sadly, when a person has such strong and negative preset theories about an artist and his work, compounded by an ill-informed fact base and lack of cinematic insight, as does Akiva Gottlieb, this is highly unlikely.
I'm just hoping that Clint Eastwood doesn't have to read and suffer this rather poor excuse for film criticism and analysis.
One serious question still plagues me, and it is this: Is The Nation so poorly edited as to select this article, from among all other film-writing possibilities, for publication? Please, exercise more skill in this regard in the future!
May 18 2009 - 9:08am