The Legendary Clint Eastwood began a new phase of his career in 1971 with his directorial debut, Play Misty for Me. A syrupy thriller about an obsessive stalker hounding Eastwood’s laid-back DJ, it set the stage for later thrillers like Fatal Attraction… as well as launching Eastwood’s hugely successful directing career (34 films and counting, plus a couple of well-deserved Oscars) after he had already established himself as one of Hollywood’s biggest stars. (And yes, that’s everyone’s favorite Bluth clan matriarch/emasculating Archer mom Jessica Walter as Eastwood’s fan-who-goes-too-far.)
Also released today in 1993: Jane Campion’s The Piano, which snagged an Oscar or two of its own, as well as giving Holly Hunter the role of a lifetime and launching the career of a very young Anna Paquin. We need more filmmakers like Jane out there fellas! Can we get on that please?
And in keeping with the Oscar tone, Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire hit theaters today in 2008. It went on to win eight Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director for Boyle.