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Ed Harris's POLLOCK is a moving portrait of artist Jackson Pollock, a leader of abstract expressionist painting whose work had major influence on the modern art movement. A serious alcoholic who was married to Lee Krasner, another prominent painter, the film illustrates Pollock's rise to art world fame in the last 15 years of his life, and his subsequent surrender to the bottle which brought his death in 1956. In its best moments, POLLOCK shows Krasner (a strong, dynamic, and fascinating Marcia Gay Harden) and Pollock (a stern Harris) conversing about the progression of the modern movement while criticizing each other's work from their adjoining studios in a tiny apartment in Manhattan's East Village. Other highlights of the film include a handful of high energy painting sequences that demonstrate Pollock's technique--the fluid straight-from-tube strokes of his earlier work and the more radical throwing, drizzling, and splattering of paint from the brush to the canvas in his later works; along with amusing depictions of the New York and Long Island art worlds with Peggy Guggenheim (Amy Madigan), Clement Greenberg (Jeffrey Tambor), Willem de Kooning (Val Kilmer), and Howard Putzel (Bud Cort) in the major roles. Based on the biography JACKSON POLLOCK: AN AMERICAN SAGA by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith, the film has an uplifting musical score and a soundtrack that includes some of Pollock's favorite jazz-blues tunes, both of which are welcome counterpoints to the movie's darker moments.
Academy Awards Best Supporting Actress 2000 Marcia Gay Harden Oscar winning american actress, POLLOCK
- Language and brief sexuality.
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 06454
Marcia Gay Harden, Amy Madigan, Jennifer Connelly, Jeffrey Tambor, John Heard, Val Kilmer, Tom Bower, Robert Knott, Ed Harris, Bud Cort, Walter Edward Cox, Matthew Sussman, Sada Thompson, Norbert Weisser
"...[Harris] seems as natural playing the abstract-expressionist superstar as he did playing John Glenn in THE RIGHT STUFF..."
"...POLLOCK is beautifully shot....There is a nice cameo by Jeffrey Tambor..."
"...Moments of visceral, sensual beauty....Amy Madigan is tart and vivid..."
"...Ed Harris has always been a great actor in search of a role that could match his haunted intensity, and in POLLOCK, which he directed and stars in, he finds it..."
"...Harris brings an energy to [the] action-painting scenes that is pure and exhilarating....This is a towering performance of bruising inspiration..."
"...Harris' film describes a confrontation between genius and human frailty....It tracks a mythology of creativity which runs from Caravaggio to Patti Smith, and is still running, unended..."
Sight and Sound
"...Harden's performance conveys the guts and heart of the drama....You'll be drained, enthralled and maybe even a little inspired..."
"...Ed Harris' film is as successful as it is because it passionately follows the artist's lead..."
Los Angeles Times
"...It contains all of the hum and buzz of the postwar New York art world....POLLOCK is confident, insightful work -- one of the year's best films..."
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