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Old 05-27-2008, 07:38 AM   #16
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RIP to a great film-maker, and Hollywood personality. I was blown away when I saw the newspaper this morning, just the other day I was watching Michael Clayton and thinking, we don't see him all that much anymore.
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There was a rumor that Pollack was sick since last year, though nothing concrete ever came out of it. Which is what made his partner Minghella's death so surprising.

A real shame. The number of good films this guy made is astounding.
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I don't know much about his films, but I was quite sad to read that he died a couple of days ago of cancer. He seemed such a vigorous guy.

My brother and I were talking about him and we agreed he played good scumbag roles. He was in Woody Allen's "Husbands and Wives" as a hypocritical husband wanting to explore other relationships; more recently, he was in "Changing Lanes" and the excellent "Michael Clayton".

He directed one of my favorite films, "Out of Africa" (1985), which starred Merryl Streep and Robert Redford. He also seemed an intelligent guy from interviews and had to be quite idealistic to make a pro-UN film like "The Interpreter". He was only 73!

Charlie Rose has a bunch of archived interviews with him:
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Originally Posted by deep View Post

Director Anthony Minghella and Sydney Pollack

Pollack produced "Breaking and Entering" the last film by the late Anthony Minghella.

I have not seen it, yet.
I saw it. It was well-intentioned, but not all that great. It was alright. My mother loved it, though. I also don't like how that superficial idiot Jude Law gets so many great roles; he's really not appreciative of the depth of them -- at least when he talks about them.

Anyway, he also produced a film I really enjoyed with parallels to Iraq, but mostly relating to Vietnam, called "The Quiet American".
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The Quiet American was a GREAT film, with one of Michael Caine's best performances. It also does not shy away from implicating the United States in much of what happened regarding the escalation of conflict in Vietnam, going so far as to accuse them of terrorism.

Another very good film that Pollack and Minghella produced is Heaven with Cate Blanchett, in what I believe is her best work to date. It's from the same guy who directed Perfume and Run Lola Run.

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