Spanish journalist Francisco Reyero presents his new book Clint Eastwood: Made in Spain, followed by a conversation with Mark Parascandola, author of Once Upon a Time in Almería.
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.
About Francisco Reyero
Francisco Reyero (Sevilla, 1971) has been working as a journalist in Spain for the last twenty years. Reyero has participated in radio and television shows, and published several essays on famous figures and personalities linked to Spain, like Frank Sinatra and Clint Eastwood. His work Nunca volveré a ese maldito país (Fundación Lara/Planeta, 2015) narrates the difficult relationship between the famous singer and Spain. Clint Eastwood: Made in Spain (Fundacion Lara/ Planeta, 2018) is an english version of Eastwood: Desde que mi nombre me defiende(Fundación Lara/Planeta, 2017). The book tells the story of how the Californian actor became famous accepting a project to shoot a western movie in Almería.
About Mark Parascandola
Mark Parascandola is a photographer based in Washington DC. A PhD epidemiologist by training, he uses photography to explore the interactions between human populations and their environment. Mark was awarded Individual Artist Fellowships from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities 2014 and 2018 and was a Finalist for the Sondheim Prize 2011 and for Critical Mass 2016. His work has been featured at galleries in Washington DC and in Spain and appears in the DC Art Bank and numerous individual collections. His exhibit ‘Once Upon a Time in Almería’ was shown at the Embassy of Spain in 2012 and has since traveled to Miami and other locations. The project was recently published as a photobook, Once Upon a Time in Almería: The Legacy of Hollywood in Spain (Daylight Books, 2017).
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