Pollock is a 2000 biographical film which tells the life story of American painter Jackson Pollock. It stars Ed Harris, Marcia Gay Harden, Jennifer Connelly, Robert Knott, Bud Cort, Molly Regan and Sada Thompson, and was directed by Harris.
|Directed by||Ed Harris|
|Produced by||Peter M. Brant|
|Screenplay by||Barbara Turner|
|Based on||Jackson Pollock: An American Saga|
by Steven Naifeh
Gregory White Smith
Marcia Gay Harden
|Music by||Jeff Beal|
|Edited by||Kathryn Himoff|
|Distributed by||Sony Pictures Classics|
Marcia Gay Harden won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for portraying Lee Krasner, Pollock's wife. Ed Harris received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for his portrayal of Pollock. The film was a long-term personal project for Harris based on his previous reading of Pollock's biography.
Nine years earlier, Pollock makes a living by exhibiting a painting in occasional group art shows. He is living with his brother Sande and sister-in-law Arloie in a tiny New York apartment. Arloie tells him that they are having a baby, hinting to Pollock that he should move out. Soon afterward, Pollock meets and takes an interest in artist Lee Krasner. Later, at dinner, he learns that his brother is moving to Connecticut to take a job building military gliders to avoid the draft. Unable to handle conflicting feelings, Pollock goes on a drinking binge and is found in a disheveled state by Lee and Sande. Lee learns from Sande that Pollock is diagnosed as "clinically neurotic"; still, Lee takes him home and decides to be his manager.
One day, Pollock's old friend Reuben comes along with Howard Putzel, who works for wealthy art collector Peggy Guggenheim. Guggenheim comes to see his art, and gives him a contract to sell $2400 of paintings, plus a commission to paint a mural of 8 ft by 20 ft on the entrance hall of her New York townhouse. His first exhibit fails to attract any buyers. After a New Year's Eve party, Pollock almost gets in bed with Peggy but is too drunk to properly perform. He falls into another drunken stupor upon hearing that Howard has died. Lee asks Pollock to make a decision: either marry her and continue painting art, or "split up". Pollock surprisingly insists on a church wedding, and Lee says she wants no guests.
Pollock and Lee move to an oceanfront house on Long Island and adopt an abandoned dog whom they name Gyp. Pollock is disheartened when Lee makes clear that she does not want to have a baby. At a get-together at Peggy's, despite art critic Clement Greenberg's comments, he shows that it's hard for him to change his finished painting to others' liking. Pollock's pictures still aren't selling, but Clement assures him that things will change after the Life article and subsequent exhibit. Lee gets jealous when Pollock hugs another woman. Meanwhile, he tries doing other business for a living, but his alcoholism gets in the way. He lies to Sande about his financial status. Pollock's fortunes turn as the Life story is published and he tries to abstain from alcohol. Later, filmmaker Hans Namuth tries to film Pollock as he paints. However, Hans' presence interrupts the spontaneous nature of Pollock's work, making the artist feel like a phony acting it out. He loses patience and, much to Lee's disapproval, begins drinking again and ruins Thanksgiving dinner.
Five years after the 1950 exhibit, Clement tells Pollock that the Partisan Review is favoring Clyfford Still, and that his original technique could be the next direction of modern art. A drunk Pollock does not take it well, and becomes even angrier when Lee berates him for his drinking and womanizing. Pollock argues it's all because she won't have a child. Lee knows he's having an affair with Ruth Kligman, but won't give Jackson a divorce. When she goes to Venice to visit Peggy, Jackson receives a call from her, after which he tells Ruth, "I owe the woman something". On a subsequent visit, Ruth brings along a friend, Edith Metzger; they go for a drive, but Pollock is drunk and crashes the car, killing himself and Edith in 1956.
- Ed Harris as Jackson Pollock
- Marcia Gay Harden as Lee Krasner
- Tom Bower as Dan Miller
- Jennifer Connelly as Ruth Kligman
- Bud Cort as Howard Putzel
- John Heard as Tony Smith
- Val Kilmer as Willem de Kooning
- Amy Madigan as Peggy Guggenheim
- Sally Murphy as Edith Metzger
- Stephanie Seymour as Helen Frankenthaler
- Matthew Sussman as Reuben Kadish
- Jeffrey Tambor as Clement Greenberg
- Norbert Weisser as Hans Namuth
- Everett Quinton as James Johnson Sweeney
- Annabelle Gurwitch as May Rosenberg
- John Rothman as Harold Rosenberg
- Kenny Scharf as William Baziotes
- Sada Thompson as Stella Pollock
- Robert O'Neill as Herbert Matter
This film was a long term dream of Ed Harris. After his father gave him a copy of Pollock's biography, he started thinking about the project, which took almost 10 years to bring to fruition.
Filming took a mere 50 days with a six-week layoff after forty days so Harris could take time to gain thirty pounds and grow a beard.
Harris himself did all the painting seen in the film.
Pollock received positive reviews from critics and has a "certified fresh" score of 81% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 108 reviews with an average rating of 7/10. The critical consensus states, "Though Pollock does not really allow audiences a glimpse of the painter as a person, it does powerfully depict the creative process. Harris throws himself into the role and turns in a compelling performance." The film also has a score of 77 out of 100 on Metacritic based on 31 critics indicating "generally favorable reviews".
Pollock opened on December 15, 2000 in North America in a limited release in 2 theaters and grossed $44,244 with an average of $22,122 per theater and ranking #37 at the box office. The film's widest release was 280 theaters and it ended up earning $8,598,593 domestically and $1,960,377 internationally for a total of $10,558,970.
The soundtrack to Pollock was released on February 13, 2001.
|1.||"Alone in a Crowd"||Jeff Beal||2:14|
|2.||"Beauty from Pain"||Jeff Beal||1:55|
|3.||"One Man Show"||Jeff Beal||2:02|
|4.||"The Window"||Jeff Beal||1:37|
|5.||"Stroke of Genius"||Jeff Beal||3:57|
|6.||"Plant Your Garden"||Jeff Beal||2:12|
|7.||"Stroke by Stroke"||Jeff Beal||2:45|
|8.||"Breaking the Rules"||Jeff Beal||2:27|
|9.||"Art of This Century"||Jeff Beal||1:04|
|10.||"The Look"||Jeff Beal||2:45|
|11.||"A Life's Work"||Jeff Beal||1:27|
|13.||"A Letter from Lee"||Jeff Beal||1:52|
|14.||"The World Keeps Turning"||Jeff Beal / Kathleen Brennan / Tom Waits||4:14|
|16.||"The Mural Goes on and On"||Jeff Beal||2:41|
|17.||"She Played the Banjo"||Jeff Beal||4:31|
- "Pollock". boxofficemojo.com. Box Office Mojo. Retrieved August 30, 2016.
- Sony Pictures production notes. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-01-08. Retrieved 2006-12-04.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
- Interview with Ed Harris at DVDtalk
- IMDB awards
- Pollock Soundtrack TheOST. Retrieved February 1, 2014