Moviedrome Mondays: Play Misty for Me (1971)

I have posted a youtube video link below to Moviedrome presenter Alex Cox’s introduction to Clint Eastwood’s 1971 directorial debut Play Misty for Me. Readers can also read Cox’s intro transcript here. The episode’s original airdate was August 9, 1992 (read here). Cox’s commentary here is too fascinating for me to delve into, so let me just say that Play Misty for Me not only benefits from the self-assured direction of it’s lead star (Eastwood), but also from Jessica Walter’s memorable performance as the psychotic fan turned stalker of Eastwood’s character. If any of you readers are interested, here is a link to my favorite films directed by Clint Eastwood (read here).

Here is a youtube video link to Alex Cox’s Moviedrome intro to Play Misty for Me

Here is a youtube video link to the film’s original theatrical trailer

9 thoughts on “Moviedrome Mondays: Play Misty for Me (1971)

  1. Play Misty For Me was a great directing debut from Clint, with trusted mentor Don Siegel by his side. Eastwood’s home town Carmel looks beautiful thanks to the skilled cinematography of usual Eastwood DoP Bruce Surtees, and the jazz soundtrack is great too.

  2. Saw this recently on the tube with hubby. His take is that this was Eastwood’s commentary on the loose morals of the day. IE: be careful with all the sleeping around, ’cause THIS could happen. Weirdly, I never knew Eastwood was so conservative until adulthood. Most, if not all, of his movie themes just clicked into place with that hindsight, and made a different kind of sense.

  3. Though I personally see Clint Eastwood more as an Independent than anything else, I do not think that it is far-fetched to see Play Misty for Me in the way your husband sees it. At the same time, I have no problem calling Mr. Eastwood an independent conservative. Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂

  4. Me either. I love so many of his movies. And–cherry on top–he was really super handsome in his younger years, lol. 🙂 🙂

  5. I haven’t watched this film, but I respect Eastwood as a director, so probably I should. I really loved his film Letters from Iwo Jima, I just thought it was so well-made and sensitive to another country and culture. I did not quite expect that from Eastwood, in all honesty. Mystic River was also superb.

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