In Memoriam 2008

 

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Remembering Sydney Pollack

I didn’t grow up thinking of movies as film,
or art, but as movies, something to do on a Saturday afternoon.”

Sydney Pollack 

Director, producer and sometimes actor Sydney Pollack left a significant mark on Hollywood. Today, following the news of his death, tributes have come in from around Hollywood and the media to the late director. I’ve compiled the best here.

A Master of the Mainstream, When It Still Aimed High – A.O. Scott, New York Times

Sydney Pollack: a Hollywood life of twists and turns – David Thompson, The Guardian

Sydney Pollack’s Film Legacy – A photo gallery of Pollack’s career- Entertainment Weekly

In Memory of Sydney Pollack – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times

Richard Schickel (Time Magazine) remembers Sydney Pollack

R.I.P Sydney Pollack – Eric D. Snider, Cinematical

Respect and Affect – Jeffrey Wells, Hollywood Elsewhere

Oscar champ Sydney Pollack, R.I.P. — May you win an Emmy next for producing HBO’s ‘Recount’ – Tom O’Neil, Los Angeles Times

Life of Sydney Pollack – Stephen Whitty, NJ Star Ledger

A more complete listing of the many Syndey Pollack tributes can be found here at Times Online

Sydney Pollack (1934-2008)

Sydney Pollack, the director, producer and sometime actor of films including The Way We Were, Tootsie and Out of Africa, died Monday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 73.
His films were some of the most successful of the 70s and 80s and these films represent the era in which directors such as Pollack retooled Hollywood.
Pollack received multiple Academy Award nominations as a director and a producer. As a director he won an Oscar for Out of Africa (1985) and nominations for directing They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? (1969) and Tootsie (1982).
Later in his career, Pollack became a producer of independent films. With a partner, the filmmaker Anthony Minghella, who passed away in March, he ran Mirage Enterprises. Together the produced Minghella’s Cold Mountain and the documentary Sketches of Frank Gehry, released last year, the last film directed by Pollack.
Earlier this year Michael Clayton, which Pollack produced and co-starred in, was nominated for multiple Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
You can read Sydney Pollack’s complete obituary here.