Clint Eastwood is a veteran among the masters of contemporary American cinema, whose rise through the system took a highly unusual form. After playing roles in Sergio Leone's spaghetti westerns of the 1960s, he returned to Hollywood and underwent a controversial reincarnation as the ultraviolent cop Harry. In the 1970s Eastwood began to direct and,in the style of the great directors of the past, made films in genres ranging from the western to film noir, a war epic, a jazz bio-pic, a melodrama and a sports picture. 'Masters of Cinema' seeks to be a introduction to the work of several great directors. Comprehensive, authoritative, yet concise and accessible monographs on leading figures in the history of cinema, these books are organized chronologically, from the director's earliest works to their most recent films. Richly illustrated with 100 images, including film stills, set photographs, film sequences and posters.