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So now I watch Pollock.

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the_eulipian
Sep. 14th, 2002 09:53 pm (UTC)
The Film? Keep meaning to see that. Does it work?
judith
Sep. 15th, 2002 07:44 am (UTC)
I'd say it does, yes. It gives us the man without exaggeration. I knew nothing, really, about him, and I can't say I am enthralled by his paintings, but neither do I count myself as a great critic. Now I have a clear picture of that period of his life when he sought and found fame.

It seems like great artists of all kinds are often flawed in major ways. Pollock's alcoholism was bad enough, but it was combined with a lack of maturity, making him almost unbearable. Made me think of my father's alcoholic rages and my own acceptance of creative men in my life who had major personality problems. Maybe it spoke to me because of who I am. By the end I really disliked Pollock - maybe even hated him.

ANyway!! Good film! Well worth seeing. Good performances by Ed Harris and Marcia Gay Harden. I love that it was a long labor of love by Harris, probably would not have been made, or as well, without his involvement.
the_eulipian
Sep. 15th, 2002 08:27 am (UTC)
Re: Pollock Flaws and Genius...
Now that is a Good review'. Thank you. I'd agree with the flaws that seem to be part of greatness and even genius. I had a father who I suppose I love for his flaws because I have inherited them - alas not his talent. But I understand him from inside....Thankyou. Your notes, postings and clarity of style make such a welcome change from the illiterati religious bigots that seem to exist in every journal community - in short you are a joy.
Best Wishes
Kim
judith
Sep. 15th, 2002 08:27 pm (UTC)
Re: Pollock Flaws and Genius...
Such nice words, Kim! Thank you. They made me feel good.

My father was a creative genius in architecture, or so it is generally agreed now. His following is gaining in size every year. I worked for him for several years in the seventies and came to the conclusion that his immaturity, his childishness, was a part of his genius. For one thing, he had the courage, the pigheadedness, to think he was right and to ignore little things like whether the design would cost more than the client wanted to spend. I would not be able to do that. He was an alcoholic also, and self-centered. Sometimes these things just seem to be a package.

The two of us shared certain qualities as well. I particularly think we shared a strange sense of humor. Mine has gotten stranger...
_sophera_
Sep. 15th, 2002 03:45 am (UTC)
I take it you mean the film with Ed Harris as Jackson Pollock. I hope it's good. I'd really like to see it but we live in such a phillistine town the multiplex only shows blockbusters and teen appeal films; we'll probably have to go the 'art' cinema in Nottingham to catch it.
judith
Sep. 15th, 2002 07:47 am (UTC)
Yes I do mean that film. I rented the DVD, which includes interesting things like an interview by Charlie Rose with Ed Harris, and Harris' discussion of the project, which was his baby from the start.

Well worth seeing, terrific performances. It is interesting how alike Harris and Pollock actually look. I came away from it not thrilled with Pollock, either as an artist or a man, but understanding him better. I think that's worth something.
_sophera_
Sep. 15th, 2002 09:13 am (UTC)
It sounds great. We are always behind you with American films so it won't be on DVD for a while; still - something to look forward to.
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