Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Sydney Pollack has died

may 27 2008

Sidney Pollack has died yesterday afternoon at his own home.
He was surrounded by family, who stood by his side the last nine months of his life, the time after he was diagnosed with cancer.

Sidney Pollack was both director and actor, a combination which enabled him to inspire great stars to unknown performances.

I was confronted with his work in 1970, when we went with a group of people to see "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?", a powerful movie. We discussed it in length and when I saw it a few years later and again much later it contained each time items I didn't observe before.
Well, he received 9 oscars for the movie, so it wasn't as bad as some of my fellow students told me.

Since 1970 he was one of my favorite directors.

Tootsie brought him a nomination for the best director again.

The movie that is close to my heart however is and will be "Out of Africa".
It respresents my feelings so much... I have no word for it.
The movie received 7 Oscars, ehich was not bad in a year with so much wonderful movies and powerful actors.

I'm not going to mention all the movies he made, mainstream and not, nor am I going to mention all those famous actors he worked with.
I'm sure the media are perfectly able to bring that on the screens and in the papers.

To me, he was a special, amiable man, who often moved me.
He was one of the most talented and gifted persons of our time.

73 years he was with us.

May he rest in peace.


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