“The cause was cancer, said the publicist Leslee Dart, who spoke for his family.
“Mr. Pollack’s career defined an era in which big stars (Robert Redford, Barbra Streisand, Warren Beatty) and the filmmakers who knew how to wrangle them (Barry Levinson, Mike Nichols) retooled the Hollywood system. Savvy operators, they played studio against studio, staking their fortunes on pictures that served commerce without wholly abandoning art...
“Mr. Pollack reached perhaps his pinnacle with 'Out of Africa.' The film, based on the memoirs of Isak Dinesen, paired Ms. [Meryl] Streep and Mr. Redford in a drama that reworked one of the director’s favorite themes, that of star-crossed lovers. It captured Oscars for best picture and best director.”
-- “Sydney Pollack, Film Director, Is Dead at 73”
PLUS: The “Flight over Africa” sequence from Out of Africa. Cinematography by David Watkin, musical score by John Barry. The Hollywood glamour film at its finest.