May 27, 2008


Sydney Pollack, Film Director, Is Dead at 73 (MICHAEL CIEPLY, May 27, 2008, NY Times)

["T]hree Days of the Condor,” another hit, about a bookish C.I.A. worker thrust into a mystery, did somewhat better with the critics. “Tense and involving,” said Roger Ebert in The Chicago Sun-Times.

With “Absence of Malice” in 1981, Mr. Pollack entered the realm of public debate. The film’s story of a newspaper reporter (Sally Field) who is fed a false story by federal officials trying to squeeze information from a businessman (Paul Newman) was widely viewed as a corrective to the adulation of investigative reporters that followed Alan J. Pakula’s hit movie “All the President’s Men,” with its portrayal of the Watergate scandal.

He never made a great movie, perhaps because he was so dependent on stars, but Electric Horseman was pretty good -- though Willie Nelson and the horse carry the film -- and the Redford character in Three Days of the Condor has the greatest job since the age of monasteries.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 27, 2008 11:58 AM

Mostly I remember from The Electric Horseman Willie Nelson's idea of a good time, which probably cannot be posted here without deletion.

Posted by: Rick T. at May 27, 2008 5:07 PM

I think Tootsie is a great movie...funny and catches a time and place perfectly...

Posted by: Foos at May 27, 2008 5:16 PM


I agree about Tootsie; the conversations between him and Dustin Hoffman, especially the one in Pollack's office, are fantastic and hilarious. RIP.

Posted by: LC at May 28, 2008 4:58 PM