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Pollock (2000)

 -  Biography | Drama  -  18 May 2001 (Poland)
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A film about the life and career of the American painter, Jackson Pollock.

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Howard Putzel
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Willem DeKooning
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Sande Pollock
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Charles Pollock
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Peggy Guggenheim
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Edith Metzger
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Arloie Pollock
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Helen Frankenthaler
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At the end of the 1940's, abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock (1912-1956) is featured in Life magazine. Flashback to 1941, he's living with his brother in a tiny apartment in New York City, drinking too much, and exhibiting an occasional painting in group shows. That's when he meets artist Lee Krasner, who puts her career on hold to be his companion, lover, champion, wife, and, in essence, caretaker. To get him away from booze, insecurity, and the stress of city life, they move to the Hamptons where nature and sobriety help Pollock achieve a breakthrough in style: a critic praises, then Life magazine calls. But so do old demons: the end is nasty, brutish, and short. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A True Portrait of Life and Art.

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Rated R for language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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18 May 2001 (Poland)  »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$44,244 (USA) (15 December 2000)

Gross:

$8,596,914 (USA) (20 July 2001)
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Trivia

Debbie Reynolds appears briefly as herself in several shots; her face appears on the cover of the August 8th, 1949 issue of "Life" magazine seen in several scenes. The cover was her first for "Life". For the filming, the real cover of the "Life" issue was used, but the pages of the Jackson Pollock article inside are reproductions of the original, with Ed Harris's image substituted for Pollock's. See more »

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In the 'love scene' between Jackson and Peggy Gugenheim, Jackson lays in between Peggy's legs. In the very next (reverse) shot, he is now outside (straddling) her legs. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jackson Pollock: [drunk] Who's the greatest drummer in the world?
Sande Pollock: What?
Jackson Pollock: Crupa.
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Central Avenue Drag
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A good biopic...
2 May 2001 | by (Grinnell, IA) – See all my reviews

Ed Harris has taken the biopic to a new level. Although the skeleton of the film is no more than the troubled life of an alcoholic struggling with fame, the power of the acting and sequence of the film take it a step further. The relationship between Krasner and Pollock mirrors that of Stanley and Stella Kowalski but Krasner is a much stronger character and Marcia Gay Harden more than deserved the oscar she received for the part. The only part that concerned me was the explanation Harris chose to show Pollock's progression to his drip paintings. The arbitrariness of the "revelation" seems stretched to me and suggests that it is actually known how Pollock made that movement. All in all, the movie is excellent and worth seeing.

Just be careful - I cringed every time he got into a car...


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