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Issue: Spring 2002

Pollock movie review

American painter Jackson Pollock created some of the best art for hanging in penthouses and corporate headquarters. His signature style of drips, slashes and splashes created a storm of controversy, especially when pieces were purchased with public money.

This biopic was spear-headed by the excellent actor Ed Harris, who had been told he looked like Pollack. Sadly, this isn't enough to build a film on.

Pollack lived hard, fast and rough. He experienced fame in his lifetime, and he became a symbol of the artist as a lone voice.

Movie poster, Pollock; Festivale film review

Movie poster, Pollock; Festivale film review

For all this reviewer's admiration of Harris and his work, this film was ordinary. Interesting, but ordinary.

Strictly for the fans of biopics, Pollock, and Harris.

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by Ali Kayn
Due for Australian release 31 October 2002
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Title: Pollock (2000)
Written by: Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith (book "Jackson Pollock: An American Saga")
Barbara Turner and Susan Emshwiller (screenplay)
Directed by: Ed Harris
running time: 122 mins

The Players: Ed Harris, Marcia Gay Harden, John Heard, Val Kilmer, Amy Madigan

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