In Memoriam: Sydney Pollack

Another devastating loss in the film world. The brilliant director, producer and actor Sydney Pollack died of cancer this morning at the age of 73. I had just seen him over the weekend in Michael Clayton (which he also produced), he was funny as hell in Woody Allen's Husbands and Wives and on Will & Grace playing Will's father and produced more than 50 films including The Talented Mr. Ripley. But it's his work as a director that earned him the legendary status: Out of Africa, They Shoot Horses Don't They, Tootsie, The Way We Were, The Electric Horseman, Three Days of the Condor, This Property is Condemned and the list goes on and on. Read more about him here.

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KATE EVANS said…
I loved him as an actor and a director. I just heard a replay of an interview with him done in 1990 by Terry Gross. He seemed very down to earth.
Amazing production in his career.
bookfraud said…
i always thought of sydney pollack as a mensch, and a comforting presence on screen. he had an interesting way of calming things down, even in a mess like "eyes wide shut." he will be missed.
Collin said…
BF, he was the ONLY thing worth watching in Eyes Wide Shut, which in my book is one of the worst films ever made.
Pris said…
He was magic! Somehow I missed hearing about his death. The news is still hitting me. What a terrible loss.

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