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'Letters from Iwo Jima' Astonishes with Empathy

Clint Eastwood continues to astonish.

His latest film, Letters from Iwo Jima parallels his recent Flags of Our Fathers, but it takes audiences to a place that would seem unimaginable for an American director.

It's a feat of empathetic cross-cultural connection that Eastwood, more or less, willed into existence.

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Kenneth Turan is the film critic for the Los Angeles Times and NPR's Morning Edition, as well as the director of the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes. He has been a staff writer for the Washington Post and TV Guide, and served as the Times' book review editor.
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