女を楽しくするニュースサイト「ウーマンライフ WEB 版」

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クリント・イーストウッド特集 許されざる者(1992年)【西部劇ヒューマン映画】 Unforgiven (Clint Eastwood Special Part 2)

監督 クリント・イーストウッド/Director: Clint Eastwood
出演 クリント・イーストウッド、モーガン・フリーマン、ジーン・ハックマン/Starring: Clint Eastwood‚ Morgan Freeman‚ Gene Hackman



Clint’s cunning

There’s a line that leaves an impression. Munny (Clint Eastwood)‚ a bounty hunter assassin‚ says to his former outlaw partner Ned (Morgan Freeman) “I’m not the man I used to be.” This has several meanings. The rhetoric of being a TV born Western actor haunted Clint. After the two films that launched his career‚ A Fist Full of Dollars and For a Few Dollars More‚ he continued making Westerns where guns and violence were effective for the hero to solve problems and progress the story.

Not the man I used to be; does it go without saying that he was different to the man who produced and starred in a whole set of other Westerns like Rawhide? Or was he a different man from the one who was caught in a slump both privately and publically for the last ten or so years? Or since he had made his mark with the “last Western”‚ he already had a premonition of rebirth? In any case‚ under the reborn intention of”I’m not the man I used to be”‚ Clint was trying to speak of everything about a genre that he fully understood.

The degeneration through age of action heroes was something that even Burt Reynolds and Charles Bronson couldn’t avoid‚ and without exception Clint too was facing this crisis. In the late 1980s‚ the films he starred in flopped one after the other. At this time‚ from around what Clint said as 1982 or 1983‚ he signed an option contract for a script. He really took to it but he thought that it would be better to age a little first to be perfect for the role. In an interview he said‚ “I took care in keeping my treasure”.

Unforgiven was for the next stage. In other words‚ it was a film he kept for when he had aged and could no longer do action. Clint Eastwood is an extremely cunning man. He is a really unpleasant guy but his way of storytelling was serious. In his film images and script‚ a regret at parting and nostalgia is clearly engraved.

A prostitute at a brothel has her face cut up by a drunkard who swung his knife about. The punishment by the sheriff is too lenient. The other women combine their money and hire a bounty hunter for revenge. Their leader‚ Alice‚ is defiant: “We might be whores but we’re not livestock.” These strong-willed women often appear in Clint’s films.

To summarise his films would be: “I like that the good aren’t all good‚ and the bad aren’t all bad. Everyone has a weakness. Everyone tries to justify and make sense out of what they do.” From this grey area Clint digs deeper. Things are much broader than good and evil. Within the folds and many layers of the heart he discovers the reality of people and their living emotions. Was “I’m not the man I used to be” a confession or a declaration? Mystic River‚ Changeling‚ Million Dollar Baby‚ Invictus. Yet without a doubt‚ Unforgiven was created as bordering the very best of his masterpieces. He proved in his work that he was different to before.