Monday, January 21, 2013

Syndey Pollack Week


Hello folks.   Well this is a bit out of my usual depth when speaking about a public figure, a man who directed and produced 40 films.  A man that frequently collaborated with Robert Redford both in acting along side Redford as well as being behind the camera, his film Out of Africa was nominated for 11 Academy Awards receiving seven wins, including Pollack’s for Best Direction as well as Best Picture.  From suspense thrillers, dramatizations to romantic comedies, Pollack had Tinsletown on a string.  Working with the likes of Meryl Streep, Dustin Hoffman, Terri Garr, Paul Newman, Barbara Streisand and Jane Fonda to name a few; his open-heart approach he was a strong advocate for the Director’s Guild of America and founded with production office with screen writer Anthony Minghella (Maybury, Grange Hill, Inspector Morse, The English Patient and The Talented Mr. Ripley) calling it Mirage Enterprises.  

It is this we will be exploring this week.  A body of what I would constitute Pollack’s finest works and proof there will never be another like him.  I hope this informs and entertains.