Remembering Sydney Pollack
Robert Parry at Consortium News has published my tribute to Sydney Pollack, which includes a rundown on my favorite Pollack films, and examples of why his death is such a loss for those who want a little meat with our entertainment. Here's the start:
Sydney Pollack has died of cancer at 73. If you don't know his name, you should, as he's responsible for some of the best films from the last 40 years.Please read the rest here. Pollack was a rare light in the entertainment business, calling us always to our higher selves. I will miss his sensibilities greatly, and hope a worthy successor appears.
Pollack was a film director par excellence, a name you could take to the bank. If he was involved, you knew the film would be compelling, and possibly an award winner.
His last credit was as an executive producer of HBO's recent film "Recount," a tight, compelling presentation of the key events in that awful 2000 debacle that passed for an election.
One of the first films of his that I saw left a lasting impression on me. "The Way We Were" was much more than a love story. It was my first introduction to the irrational anti-Communist hysteria that destroyed so many good people's lives in the 1950s.
Then came "Three Days of the Condor," the movie that first sparked my interest in the CIA. In retrospect, the movie was downright prescient: