American Movies: Attributes–Freedom from Respectability

In her review of Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry, which was negative (and unfair), Pauline Kael nonetheless has made an astute observation: “It’s the feeling of freedom from respectability that we have always enjoyed at the movies that is carried to an extreme by American International Pictures (AIC) and the Clint Eastwood Italian Westerns–they are stripped of cultural values.”