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RIP Sydney Pollack

05.26.2008
A veteran filmmaker has left us: Sydney Pollack has passed away at 73.

As a director, Pollack was known for "message movies" and was nominated for several Oscars. He won the Academy Award for OUT OF AFRICA, one of numerous collaborations with Robert Redford that also included THE ELECTRIC HORSEMAN and one of my all-time favorite films, THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR. Over the course of his prolific career, Pollack covered the bases from comedy (TOOTSIE) to romance (THE WAY WE WERE) to western (JEREMIAH JOHNSON) to international crime (THE YAKUZA) to modern thriller (THE FIRM).

Pollack got his start as an actor, which he occasionally continued as recently as MICHAEL CLAYTON and MADE OF HONOR -- both of which are also on his lengthy filmography as a producer. Behind the camera, his most recent projects included directing the documentary SKETCHES OF FRANK GEHRY and producing the HBO film RECOUNT, the Anna Paquin drama MARGARET, and the adaptation of the war romance THE READER (currently in production).

So long Sydney, you will be missed.
Source: LA Times

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1:15PM on 05/27/2008
I saw his obit in a news channel crawl last night. Very sad. Pollack was such a consumate pro both in front of and behind the camera. One of my all-time favourite movies is 3 Days Of The Condor which I pulled off the shelf and watched last night in Sydney's honour.

R.I.P., you've left behind a void and standard rarely met in this business. We'll all miss you.
I saw his obit in a news channel crawl last night. Very sad. Pollack was such a consumate pro both in front of and behind the camera. One of my all-time favourite movies is 3 Days Of The Condor which I pulled off the shelf and watched last night in Sydney's honour.

R.I.P., you've left behind a void and standard rarely met in this business. We'll all miss you.
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12:02PM on 05/27/2008
I actually had the chance to talk to him once and, for someone so immersed in the hollywood community, he was incredibly generous and down to earth....he will be missed.
I actually had the chance to talk to him once and, for someone so immersed in the hollywood community, he was incredibly generous and down to earth....he will be missed.
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9:11AM on 05/27/2008

I DON'T BELIEVE IT!

Now this I don't believe. Here's a guy who has maintained a presence in front and behind the camera, for my entire life. I always figured this would be the guy who'd be around talking about everyone else after THEY all pass away. He just always seemed to be in control, and to know something other people didn't.

The man was a fine director, favorites including "Tootsie" and "Three Days of the Condor." I'm glad he did "Michael Clayton" last year, because that was a great role and he was just
Now this I don't believe. Here's a guy who has maintained a presence in front and behind the camera, for my entire life. I always figured this would be the guy who'd be around talking about everyone else after THEY all pass away. He just always seemed to be in control, and to know something other people didn't.

The man was a fine director, favorites including "Tootsie" and "Three Days of the Condor." I'm glad he did "Michael Clayton" last year, because that was a great role and he was just as good in front of the camera. It's gonna take me some time to let this one sink in.
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7:45AM on 05/27/2008

very sad day

One of my biggest idols. A gifted filmmaker, one of the great and truly under-appreciated character actors and he did it all with a great deal of class. There was something wise and comforting when he was on the small screen as a host on TCM and subtle yet unforgettable when he graced the big screen, All cinema fans should consider themselves fortunate for the rich catalog of films and performances he left us.
One of my biggest idols. A gifted filmmaker, one of the great and truly under-appreciated character actors and he did it all with a great deal of class. There was something wise and comforting when he was on the small screen as a host on TCM and subtle yet unforgettable when he graced the big screen, All cinema fans should consider themselves fortunate for the rich catalog of films and performances he left us.
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6:29AM on 05/27/2008

A true genius...

...and a brilliant filmmaker. RIP sir! :-(
...and a brilliant filmmaker. RIP sir! :-(
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5:34AM on 05/27/2008
Oh shit! I had no idea! Oh man, that suck...dammit, rest in peace, great man.
Oh shit! I had no idea! Oh man, that suck...dammit, rest in peace, great man.
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2:49AM on 05/27/2008

RIP

Sidney, you were a giant. You will be sorely missed.
Sidney, you were a giant. You will be sorely missed.
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2:46AM on 05/27/2008
Sketches of Frank Gehry was a great doc. RIP Syd.
Sketches of Frank Gehry was a great doc. RIP Syd.
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1:58AM on 05/27/2008
Rest in peace.
Rest in peace.
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1:46AM on 05/27/2008
Another sad day in the world of cinema. Rest in peace sir.
Another sad day in the world of cinema. Rest in peace sir.
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1:07AM on 05/27/2008
this truly sucks to lose someone so talented and that has touched so many lives
this truly sucks to lose someone so talented and that has touched so many lives
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12:55AM on 05/27/2008

the guy had class

It's a sad day.
It's a sad day.
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12:22AM on 05/27/2008
Aw, man ... That's just sad. He was a great director, and an accomplished actor, to boot. Such a shame.
Aw, man ... That's just sad. He was a great director, and an accomplished actor, to boot. Such a shame.
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12:20AM on 05/27/2008
R.I.P. Thanks for all the contributions you made.
R.I.P. Thanks for all the contributions you made.
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12:19AM on 05/27/2008
I'll miss him very much. So long, pal...
I'll miss him very much. So long, pal...
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12:17AM on 05/27/2008
Rest in Peace Sydney Pollack. You will greatly be missed.
Rest in Peace Sydney Pollack. You will greatly be missed.
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12:16AM on 05/27/2008
he was pretty slick in Eyes Wide Shut and Sopranos
he was pretty slick in Eyes Wide Shut and Sopranos
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12:14AM on 05/27/2008
rip
rip
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12:10AM on 05/27/2008

one of the best

His work will stand forever. As an actor he has real screen presence. His performance in Changing Lanes is one of his classics.
His work will stand forever. As an actor he has real screen presence. His performance in Changing Lanes is one of his classics.
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11:33PM on 05/26/2008

Will be missed...

Sucks :( He was one of those guys when you saw him in a movie you immediately knew he was going to be good in the role.

R.I.P
Sucks :( He was one of those guys when you saw him in a movie you immediately knew he was going to be good in the role.

R.I.P
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11:24PM on 05/26/2008
damn
damn
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