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Pollock (2000)


In August of 1949, Life Magazine ran a banner headline that begged the question: "Jackson Pollock: Is he the greatest living painter in the United States?" The film is a look back into the life of an extraordinary man, a man who has fittingly been called "an artist dedicated to concealment, a celebrity who nobody knew." As he struggled with self-doubt, engaging in a lonely tug-of-war between needing to express himself and wanting to shut the world out, Pollock began a downward spiral.

Pollock (2000)

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Released Year: 2000
Runtime: 122 minutes
Genre: Biography, Drama
Directors: Ed Harris

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In August of 1949, Life Magazine ran a banner headline that begged the question: "Jackson Pollock: Is he the greatest living painter in the United States?" The film is a look back into the life of an extraordinary man, a man who has fittingly been called "an artist dedicated to concealment, a celebrity who nobody knew." As he struggled with self-doubt, engaging in a lonely tug-of-war between needing to express himself and wanting to shut the world out, Pollock began a downward spiral.

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Reviews


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Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert
Pollock is confident, insightful work--one of the year's best films.
91
Seattle Post-Intelligencer - William Arnold
Harris genuinely seems to be at one with the character, and his movie is eerily alive.
90
Time - Richard Schickel
The result is a harrowing film, impossible to "like" in any conventional way, hypnotically impossible to turn away from.
88
Boston Globe - Jay Carr
Like its subject, Pollock is a messy creation, but one whose depth of commitment and high attack keeps it on track.
80
Salon - Stephanie Zacharek
As good as Harris is, though, it's Harden's performance that sticks with you long after you've seen the movie. She understands what Krasner must have known intuitively. Greatness comes not from cleaning up messes, but from allowing them to be made in the first place.

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