Sydney Pollack: A Critical Filmography

Sydney Pollack: A Critical Filmography

by Janet L. Meyer


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Jeremiah Johnson, The Way We Were, Absence of Malice, Out of Africa, Tootsie, The Firm, Searching for Bobby Fischer—Sydney Pollack has produced, directed or appeared in some of the biggest and most influential films of the last quarter century. His emergence in Hollywood coincided with those of such other innovative directors as John Frankenheimer, George Roy Hill and Sidney Lumet, and with them he helped develop a contemplative style of filmmaking that was almost European in its approach but retained its commercial viability.
Film-by-film, this work examines the directorial career of Sydney Pollack. One finds that his style is marked by deliberate pacing, ambiguous endings and metaphorical love stories. Topically, Pollack’s films reflect social, culture and political dilemmas that hold some fascination for him, with multidimensional characters in place that generally break the stereotypical molds of the situations. Pollack’s directing efforts on television are also detailed, as are his production and acting credits.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786437528
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 02/08/2008
Edition description: ALT
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.49(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Janet L. Meyer lives in Apple Valley, California.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Preface 1

Introduction 3

Chronology 9

1. A Brief Biography 15

2. Pollack as Producer and Actor 22

3. The Slender Thread (1965) 30

4. This Property Is Condemned (1966) 36

5. The Scalphunters (1968) 42

6. Castle Keep (1969) 48

7. They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? (1969) 55

8. Jeremiah Johnson (1972) 62

9. The Way We Were (1973) 67

10. The Yakuza (1975) 73

11. Three Days of the Condor (1975) 80

12. Bobby Deerfield (1977) 86

13. The Electric Horseman (1979) 91

14. Absence of Malice (1981) 97

15. Tootsie (1982) 104

16. Out of Africa (1985) 110

17. Havana (1990) 119

18. The Firm (1993) 125

19. Sabrina (1995) 131

Appendix A. Filmography 137

Appendix B. Television Credits 199

Appendix C. Theater Credits 213

Appendix D. Film Awards 215

Notes 221

Bibliography 227

Index 233

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