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I think it's a terrible shame that politics has become show business.

I think it's a terrible shame that politics has become show business.

I mean, the truth of the matter is, I like the failures as much as I like the successes, it's only the world that doesn't like the failures. ---->>>

I mean, movies are like your kids or your fingers and toes or something, it's pretty hard to pick favorites. ---->>>

We talked about Tootsie, the idea in Tootsie is that a man becomes a better man for having been a woman. ---->>>

For example, a man who might not have enormous charisma, who could be president 40 years ago, and who was a deserving president, I don't know that George Washington would be a president today, I don't know that Abe Lincoln would, I don't know that Roosevelt would. ---->>>

Well, I was born and raised in the Midwest, in Indiana specifically, and my childhood was full of weekend movies, you know, the Saturday and Sunday popcorn movies. ---->>>

I didn't grow up thinking of movies as film, or art, but as movies, something to do on a Saturday afternoon. ---->>>

No, I never went to college. Always regretted it, always envied people who did. ---->>>

I mean, certainly writing, painting, photography, dance, architecture, there is an aspect of almost every art form that is useful and that merges into film in some way.

I mean, certainly writing, painting, photography, dance, architecture, there is an aspect of almost every art form that is useful and that merges into film in some way.

And I taught acting for years, and without knowing it that was the real thing that started bending me toward directing. ---->>>

You don't normally do another presentation of All About Eve. You do one All About Eve, and that's it. ---->>>

I mean, I don't know anything else that I would try to do, but it's a very frustrating thing to do, because you are trying to take what's a fantasy in your head and make it live through the minds of 200 people. ---->>>

Every single art form is involved in film, in a way.

Every single art form is involved in film, in a way.

Well, there's no question that a good script is an absolutely essential, maybe the essential thing for a movie. ---->>>

When you make a film you usually make a film about an idea.

When you make a film you usually make a film about an idea.

I didn't believe that I'd ever be lucky enough to be able to make a living as an actor. ---->>>

Burt Lancaster was largely responsible for me becoming a director. ---->>>

Film is a collective experience, as you know. ---->>>

I've produced my own films for twenty years now - it means I have to talk to less people. ---->>>

Reading a novel of a private experience, very, very different, the nature of it is very different. ---->>>

But, I've made films in Japan, in Yugoslavia, all over Europe, all over the United States, Mexico, but not Hollywood. ---->>>

The very reasons sometimes that you make a film are the reasons for its failure. ---->>>

Well, the wonderful thing about making movies, oddly enough, is that they're sort of highly motivated graduate studies in one or another field.

Well, the wonderful thing about making movies, oddly enough, is that they're sort of highly motivated graduate studies in one or another field.

You are not an active creator of the film. ---->>>

You know, essentially when you do a play you're reinterpreting a work of art that already exists. That's not what happens with a movie. ---->>>

By that I mean, I think that it is true that politics and political heroes have to satisfy our need to be greater than mortal in some way, and that's led them into creating illusions, sound bites, focus groups that tell you what to do. ---->>>

I don't know about liberal bias, but people of a liberal mentality are probably attracted in greater numbers to the arts than people of a conservative mentality. ---->>>

I mean, certainly it's the single biggest event, I think, in terms of popular entertainment, or art even, if you say that, of the 20th Century. It's been film. It's the 20th Century's real art form. ---->>>

I personally have never made a movie in Hollywood, because I don't want to get up in my own bed and then go to the movie set, and then come home at night to my real life. ---->>>

With a movie you're creating from the beginning this particular work, let's not call it work of art, because very few movies are works of art, let's just call them bits of popular culture, whatever they are, sometimes very rarely by accident a movie becomes a work of art. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: 07-01, 1934
Birthplace: Lafayette, Indiana, U.S.
Die: 05-26, 2008
Occupation: Director
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Sydney Irwin Pollack (July 1, 1934 – May 26, 2008) was an American film director, producer and actor. Pollack directed more than 20 films and 10 television shows, acted in over 30 films or shows, and produced over 44 films. His 1985 film Out of Africa won him Academy Awards for directing and producing; he was also nominated for Best Director Oscars for They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969) and Tootsie (1982), in the latter of which he also appeared (wikipedia)