NEW ULM- You will play The Film Society “Run Misty for me” As a prequel to films directed by Clint Eastwood.
Clint Eastwood’s Study Writing Series begins Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., May 10 at the New Ulm Public Library with the first Eastwood film directed.
The film is a psychological thriller, released in 1971. In addition to directing, Eastwood plays the main character Dave Garver, a radio disc jockey who is pursued by a fan obsessed with the name Evelyn, played by Jessica Walter.
The title of the film comes from Evelyn’s connections to the radio station. She constantly asks Garver to play the song “hazy.”
The film was considered a modest success upon its first release, returning 10 times its budget. Critics praised Eastwood’s directing skills.
Today, the film is remembered as a classic thriller from the 1970s, but also as a springboard for one of Hollywood’s best directors.
Eastwood was a well-known actor when he presented “Play Misty for me.” He became famous in the 1960s for his performance in the West.
By the early 1970s, Eastwood wanted to move into directing. Universal Pictures were willing to allow Eastwood to direct the film, on the condition that his acting salary be reduced.
success “Run Misty for me” He showed that Eastwood had the skills to direct a big movie, but he also demonstrated technical proficiency. The film came in at $50,000 under budget and wrapped filming four days earlier. This started Eastwood’s reputation as an effective director. Preparation and pre-production work allow him to shoot movies quickly.
“Run Misty for me” It is unique among the films directed by Eastwood. As the film is his directorial debut, it features elements that most audiences wouldn’t expect in an Eastwood movie. This is the rare film where Eastwood plays a victim, and his opponent is a woman.
Filmmakers were concerned that audiences would not believe a story about a violent stalked woman; Especially if she’s going after Eastwood, the actor best known for playing tough guy roles.
In this movie, he plays a jazz radio DJ who is accustomed to quoting poetry. Others were concerned that the audience would find Eastwood’s character less sympathetic if he fought against a woman.
Ultimately, the film captured its menacing tone and strong performance in captivating audiences. The audience welcomed Walter’s performance as Evelyn. Her obsession with Garver was both scary and real. Critics at the time said that the most terrifying aspect of the film was that Evelyn seemed capable of anything and was a major threat.
In the early 1970s, Evelyn was not a character the audience had seen before. This was 17 years before fans saw Glenn Close’s leg of Michael Douglas “Fatal attraction.”
Evelyn represented a dangerous modern woman who blends easily into any environment. At first glance, Evelyn looks totally charming and normal, but by the time her mental state comes into question, it’s already too late.
“Run Misty for me” He is out in the films that Eastwood is directing, but there are hints of his future career. The movie is set and filmed in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California.
Some previous critics of the film said it was almost a touristic film for the area, with some scenic foundational shots. Eastwood was a fan of the area and was eventually elected mayor of Carmel-by-the Sea.
Another Eastwood brand is the use of music. As a Universal production, Eastwood could have used music from the studio’s library, but specifically acquired the rights to it. “hazy” And other songs that I love. The film revolves around the Monterey Jazz Festival.
Several scenes refer to the festival, and one scene was filmed during the festival. In later films, Eastwood demonstrated the same enthusiasm for music, but sought out specific singers and performers to create an original soundtrack.
The New Ulm Film Society’s screening will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 10 in the Public Library’s basement. Film Society members will provide additional information about the film before and after the show.