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Pollock (2000)

Cast: Ed Harris, Marcia Gay Harden, Amy Madigan, more...
Director: Ed Harris
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Studio: Columbia TriStar
Genre: Drama, Independent, Biopics
Running Time: 122 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Synopsis
Artist Jackson Pollock revolutionized American painting in the 1940's with his exciting abstract canvases that used dripped and splattered paint in a manner at once excitingly physical and structurally intelligent. While Pollock became a heroic figure in the art world, his private life was nothing to envy, and this biography looks at both his professional triumphs and personal tragedies. In 1941, Pollock (Ed Harris) was a bitter and struggling painter when he met Lee Krasner (Marcia Gay Harden), a fellow artist with whom he was appearing in a joint gallery show. Krasner was intrigued by Pollock, and immediately sensed the importance of his work; they quickly became lovers, and as Krasner realized his superior talent, she began devoting herself to promoting Pollock's work. When Peggy Guggenheim (Amy Madigan) agreed to present a show of Pollock's paintings at her Art of This Century gallery, his name was made, and a profile in Life magazine solidified his reputation as one of the art world's most important figures. But success did not bring Pollock peace of mind; while he long had a taste for alcohol, his new fame sent his drinking out of control, and his infidelity with numerous women (including Guggenheim) eventually destroyed his relationship with Krasner. Pollock was the first feature directed by actor Ed Harris, who also plays the title role; the cast also includes Val Kilmer as artist Willem de Kooning and Jennifer Connelly as Ruth Kligman, one of Pollock's lovers. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

Special Features:

  • Ed Harris Commentary
  • Making-Of Documentary
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Charlie Rose Interview with Ed Harris
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Filmographies
  • Production Notes

You might also enjoy:
Jackson Pollock - Love and Death on Long Island
Harris narrates this documentary; makes for an excellent companion piece to the feature

Basquiat
A young New York artist whose star burned out too early

The Third Miracle
Another knockout Harris performance in this rewarding drama


GreenCine Member Reviews

I'm no art student......but by ceanothus September 27, 2006 - 9:22 PM PDT
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2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
Although I don't live in Manhattan with my cool art friends as other reviewers who have qualified an opinion have, I thought Pollock to be an audacious attempt to capture a very provocative individual. As many critics have pointed out, no one willed himself to be a great artist more than Pollock. Harris seems to have channeled some of that will-power into his role.

Ed Harris seems absolutely transformed in this "bigger than life" role. We may never get to know Pollock, deeply, but who says we are entitled to such? Instead we see Harris doing his best at being the "genius" artist and the incredibly destructive alcoholic. I really enjoyed the scenes that showed his petulant, child-like behaviour. It showed how emotionally immature he was and how those emotions bled right into his work. Harris is one of the best at pouring raw passion onto the screen, something easily misconstrued for over-acting.

This is not an easy movie to pull off. Fine Art and film are two of the most highly criticized art forms. Throw in the biography aspect and you have recipe for disaster. Harris does pull it off and then some as well as great performances by Marcia Gay Harden, Jeffrey Tambor and others.




Sooooooo bad. by nnagai February 22, 2005 - 3:39 AM PST
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1 out of 5 members found this review helpful
I remember buying this movie because I just about assumed it was a good movie from various media folk. I hated it. The fine art painter I just started dated at the time hated it. My friend I was renting from saw it on my coffee table, and asked, why did I buy that piece of crap. Take it from three young, hip manhattanites who are tuned into the art scene, this movie plain stinks. Maybe it gets a pass from others, but this movie sucks. Period.

I later gave it away as a door prize at a party soon after. I remember the guy's face when he got it, and I'm still not sure whether he tossed it into the trash when he left.

Not a pretty picture by RRiutta January 18, 2005 - 11:29 PM PST
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2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
Hats off to Harris. His directing and acting are superb in this movie. The pain and self-loathing hangs about his portrayal like a wrinkled suit.

And that's good.

While watching this movie, I felt oddly inspired. While Pollock poured his guts out and splatteered them across the canvas, I took out my own paints and tried to reach the place he went. I couldn't get there. But Harris did.

His portrayal is raw and human, ugly and beautiful at the same time. His supporting cast, especially Marcia Gay Hardin, is tremendous.

This is not a movie of sunshine and happiness. It is a portrayal of a man who's inner turmoil was perfectly matched by his art. He spent his life searching for a breakthrough and the expected accompanying happiness.

He got half his wish. And his beautiful art gave us the other half.

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