Iain Johnstone‘s BBC documentary on Clint Eastwood observes the budding career of the young actor-turned-director at arguably the peak of his celebrity–still figuring things out as a filmmaker and attracting enthusiastic support (and dissent) along the way. It seems strange now to think Eastwood was once a controversial figure whose films were met with heavy criticism toward their ostensible conservatism and unnecessary violence, especially when it came to Pauline Kael and the release of Dirty Harry, which she forever despised. Kael’s opinions, however premature in hindsight, raised interesting questions on the nature of the star’s acting and directing career, and she fortunately had the chance to speak in Johnstone’s film in between the lengthy interview with Eastwood (which is also excellent). It’s for essential fans and detractors, alike.