posted May 26, 2008 10:19 PM
Sad to write this in a section called "Cinema Yak" but a great one has left us. I added a comment earlier in on the Film Tech website so I'll copy it her:
Had the tremendous (and odd) experience of working down the hall from Mr. Pollack for a brief time in Santa Monica while he was editing a film in Santa Monica out of some rental production office space. He was just 2 doors down from me (I was working on something else) but we would always see each other in the hall, parking lot etc. He was always such a gracious gentlemen when amongst us ordinary folk. He and I even figured out how to keep a fire door open together (I know, exciting, huh). I never acknowledged who he was other then someone else working in the building, but he didn't seem to care. He seemed to have no ego despite all of his great accomplishments. This is very rare and says a lot. Especially since I wanted to gush about how much I admired him. He might have been fine with that too. So let me gush now. "Tootsie" was genius!
I later added:
I forgot to add that I finally saw "Jerimiah Johnson" for the first time last year and loved it. It should be on "The List" whenever anyone talks about the great movies of the '70's. Digital effects and projection etc. be damned! A great FILMmaker has left us!
From: Rock Hill, MO
Registered: Apr 2008
posted May 28, 2008 06:04 AM
Scanning over Pollack's filmography I fail to see the how "Tootsie" could even have gotten a serious mention. In my opinion the film was nothing but ridiculous fluff and a waste of "Dustin Hoffman". I must admit, however, Hoffman was wasted in many projects.
From: West Hollywood, CA
Registered: May 2006
posted May 28, 2008 05:08 PM
I feel like I lost a family member. Sydney Pollack has been a favorite since I was a teenager. I'm not a person who really mourns celebs passing, but this is a sad loss. I've been reading alot of nice heartfelt tributes over the past 2 days, and they are well deserved.