Making note of this is not to disrespect the very sad event of today, the passing of Sydney Pollack. I was a very big fan, as I’m sure pretty much anyone who loved film was, considering Pollack was a man who could pretty much do anything, as he has directed (Tootsie, The Firm, The Way We Were), produced (The Fabulous Baker Boys, Forty Shades of Blue, Sense and Sensibility), and acted in (Eyes Wide Shut, Michael Clayton, “The Sopranos“) such a stunningly wide array of works.
But one thing I thought of when I heard about Pollack’s death is that one film he produced that is yet to be released, this fall’s Stephen Daldry directed, Ralph Fiennes-Kate Winslet starring The Reader has already given itself a tragic legacy. Pollack joins the sad passing Anthony Minghella, one of the the other two producers (the other is Scott Rudin) of the film. Both died prematurely, and within months of each other.
Thats quite the external narrative for a film thats actual narrative is quite horrible in itself (read a summary of the book by Bernhard Schlink its based on), and I can’t imagine what it must be like on that set (it continues filming through July according to imdb, and has been in production during the deaths of both men). Its December release promises to be a mournful event for the people involved and the many filmgoers who loved Pollack and Minghella’s work.