A highly ranged creative man, his storytelling is captivating
A director, producer, and actor, Sydney Pollack, in his career spanning more than a decade, directed television shows, more than 20 films and acted in over 30 movies. From directing television episodes in the 1960s such as The Fugitive and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, Sydney Pollack rose to success as a film director with the 1965 drama film The Slender Thread. His excellence as a director received a total of 48 Academy Award nominations and won 11 Oscars. Here we are taking a look at some of Sydney Pollack’s directed films that you must add to your watch list.
This 1995 romantic comedy-drama film is a remake of the 1954 Billy Wilder film of the same name, and the film was based upon the 1953 play Sabrina Fair. The plot of the film revolves around Linus Larrabee, played by Harrison Ford, his younger brother David Larrabee, played by Greg Kinnear, and Sabrina, played by Julia Ormond. The story is about Sabrina always being in love with David, who, on the other hand, is always busy with other things and has never paid attention to her. Whereas Linus, who is a workaholic, has no feelings for Sabrina, but over time things change. David and Sabrina recognize their love for the other.
This is a 1974 neo-noir crime drama film starring Robert Mitchum, Ken Takakura, and Brian Keith. The screenplay of the film has been taken from a story by Leonard Schrader. The story of the film revolves around a retired American detective, Harry Kilmer, who returns to Japan after being decades away. The cause of his return is the rescue mission of his friend, George Tanner’s daughter, who has been kidnapped by a yakuza gangster, Tono.
This 1968 Western film stars Burt Lancaster, Ossie Davis, and TellySavalas. The story of the film revolves around Joe Bass, portrayed by Burt Lancaster, who is an American fur trapper out and about to sell the hides he has amassed over the winter. On his selling spree, Bass encounters a group of Kiowa Indians led by Two Crows, played by Armando Silvestre, who buys the furs. From here, the story takes an uphill road.
A few other of Sydney Pollack’s films are This Property Is Condemned, They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?, Tootsie, Out of Africa, Jeremiah Johnson, The Way We Were, Three Days of the Condor, Absence of Malice, Havana, The Firm, The Interpreter and more. As an actor, Pollack made appearances in films such as The Player, Husbands and Wives, and Eyes Wide Shut, among various others.