Edelstein on Pollack: Terrific Actor (and Not a Bad Director, Either)

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Earlier, we brought you news of Sydney Pollack's death. Now, David Edelstein brings you an essay on Pollack's life — and in particular, his importance in front of the camera, where his "performances were lessons in the art of screen acting." The Oscar-winning Out of Africa? A "middlebrow beanbag." Pollack's patience-testing last scene in Eyes Wide Shut? "Perfect." Read on, or else you won't know which Pollack movies you're missing.

Sydney Pollack: One of Cinema’s Finest Actors [Projectionist]