Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.
USA, 2000. Brant-Allen, Fred Berner Films, Pollock Films, Zeke Productions. Screenplay by Barbara Turner, Susan Emshwiller, based on the book Jackson Pollock: An American Saga by Steven Naifeh, Gregory White Smith. Cinematography by Lisa Rinzler. Produced by Fred Berner, Ed Harris, Jon Kilik, James Francis Trezza. Music by Jeff Beal. Production Design by Mark Friedberg. Costume Design by David C. Robinson. Film Editing by Kathryn Himoff.
Ed Harris 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 (Marcia Gay Harden). 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.
Academy Award: Best Supporting Actress (Marcia Gay Harden)
Nomination: Best Actor (Ed Harris)
Toronto International Film Festival: 2000