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Reflections on Mortality: The Imagery of Mirrors in Clint Eastwood’s Gran Torino.

Van Raalte, C., 2021. Reflections on Mortality: The Imagery of Mirrors in Clint Eastwood’s Gran Torino. Journal of Popular Film and Television, 49 (3), 144-154.

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Abstract

Like much of Clint Eastwood’s late work, Gran Torino is a film that directly addresses themes and images of old age. It is also a film about mortality. This article will discuss the imagery of mirrors and reflections in the film and way they are used symbolically and structurally to highlight and explore issues of aging, entropy and death. Drawing on Kathleen Woodward’s notion of a mirror stage of old age it will argue that Walt moves from rejection of the aging self to a form of acceptance, albeit one that uses the heroic persona to effectively bypass natural mortality.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:0195-6051
Uncontrolled Keywords:action star; aging; mortality; mirror stage; Clint Eastwood
Group:Faculty of Media & Communication
ID Code:35290
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:17 Mar 2021 14:08
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:26

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