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Sydney Pollack by Janet L. Meyer

by Nikki Tranter

27 May 2008


A reviewer at Classic Images called it “the most detailed filmography I have ever come across”. Janet L. Meyer’s Sydney Pollack: A Critical Filmography is a comprehensive, painstakingly researched book on the late director’s entire career, from his early acting days through to his A-list position as one of Hollywood’s most respected producer/directors.

Publisher McFarland & Co. describes Pollack:

One finds that his style is marked by deliberate pacing, ambiguous endings, and metaphorical love stories. Topically, Pollack’s films reflect social, cultural, and political dilemmas that hold some fascination for him, with multidimensional characters in place that generally break the stereotypical molds of the situations.

Pollack, too, often shared his film experience with readers through introductions to reference works including Sanford Meisner on Acting (Knopf, 1987), Basil Hoffman’s Acting and How To Be Good At It (Ingenuity, 2007), and Timothy Bricknell’s Minghella on Minghella (Faber, 2005).

Sydney Pollack: A Critical Filmography by Janet L. Meyer was published in December 2007.

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