(out of 5)

gives his most powerful and fascinating performance in this fantastic film biography of the great Jackson Pollock. Doing double duty as star and director (a sure and fine debut), Harris gives us a better view of the conflicted artist than just about any other recent film on the subject of creators. While Carrington hardly gave us any glimpses of its subjects creating their artform, and Total Eclipse didn’t even allow us to see its main characters as anything but moody deadbeats, Pollock is a different film altogether, fresh in its approach to viewing its protagonist painting his masterpieces (which are the best scenes in the film), plus giving a heartbreakingly sincere look at Pollock’s personal life alone and with his wife, painter Lee Krasner (). As Krasner, Harden is electrifying; simply watching her plough a garden with her husband is a miracle of great acting that couldn’t be more exciting to watch.

USA, 2000

Directed by

Screenplay by , , based on the book Jackson Pollock: An American Saga by ,

Cinematography by

Produced by , , ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Film Festivals:  TIFF 2000

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Academy Award
Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Marcia Gay Harden as “Lee Krasner”)

Best Actor in a Leading Role (Ed Harris as “Jackson Pollock”)

New York Film Critics Award
Best Supporting Actress (Marcia Gay Harden)

National Society of Film Critics Award Nomination
Best Supporting Actress (Marcia Gay Harden)

Independent Spirit Award Nomination
Best Supporting Female (Marcia Gay Harden)

Toronto Film Critics Award
Best Performance, Male (Ed Harris)



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