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DIRTY HARRY
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DIRTY HARRY

There are the seminal films from the late '60s and early '70s that are regarded as classics that pushed the boundries of violence in cinema. These include BONNIE AND CLYDE, THE WILD BUNCH, STRAW DOGS and A CLOCKWORK ORANGE. The film that belongs alongside them, but is almost always left out, his the Don Siegel/Clint Eastwood collaboration DIRTY HARRY. A thinly veiled plot of the Zodiac Killer, DIRTY HARRY went where no other cop film had gone before it. It questioned the authority and morals of law enforcement in a way that hadn't been shown in American film. At the time everyone on The Left considered Harry a fascist while those on The Right praised is sense of jusitce, even if it was of the vigilante kind. Looking back today Harry was a complicated figure: An obsessed rebel who made the law. He's a badass for sure, but a flawed one. And it's this aspect that makes DIRTY HARRY rise above the usual cop vs. killer formula and become a complex tale of politics, power and madness (R.J. LaForce).

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