Tuesday, May 27, 2008

FAMED DIRECTOR SYDNEY POLLACK 73

CLEARLY, AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED, HE WAS OUR GREATEST COMTEMPORARY FILM DIRECTOR. HIS FILMS LEFT A MARK ON SOCIETY, AND WILL BE CLASSICS ETERNALLY.





This Property Is Condemned



I CANNOT BELIEVE HE IS GONE. YESTERDAY. A MAN WHO KNEW HOW TO REACH INSIDE YOUR SOUL AND TOUCH THE MOST SENSITIVE NERVES OF YOUR EXISTENCE.





Three Days of The Condor



BACK IN 1971 I SAW A FILM CALLED THE SWIMMER WITH BURT LANCASTER. IT WAS A TRULY FASCINATING FILM, AND I WATCHED IT MANY TIMES. I LEARNED THAT MR. POLLOCK HAD SOMETHING TO DO WITH THAT FILM BRIEFLY. UNCREDITED.






The Swimmer




THEN THERE WAS THE LONG LIST OF OSCAR CONTENDERS AND STORIES THAT MADE ME

LAUGH, WEEP, THINK, AND BE CAPTIVATED.




The Way We Were




He was in 77 films as himself; he was a cinematographer in one; he was an actor in
32; he produced 47; and he directed 32.





Here is a list of his most notable films as director:






This Property is Condemned 1966 Natalie Wood, Robert Redford

The Swimmer 1968 Burt Lancaster, Janice Rule, Kim Hunter
They Shoot Horses Don't They? 1969 Jane Fonda, Gig Young
The Way We Were 1973 Barbra Streisand, Robert Redford
Three Days of The Condor 1975 Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway
Absence of Malice 1981 Paul Newman, Sally Field
Tootsie 1982 Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Lang
Out of Africa 1985 Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Michael Kitchen
Havana 1990 Robert Redford, Lena Olin
The Firm 1993 Tom Cruise, Gene Hackman
Sabrina 1995 Harrison Ford, Julia Ormond
Random Hearts 1999 Harrison Ford, Kristin Scott Thomas
Sketches of Frank Gehry 2005 Barry Diller, Michael Eisner, Sydney Pollack





Tootsie



and when he died there were four projects in development. Apparently he had been suffering from cancer the last nine months, which I doubt few people knew. If I had known, I would have sent him a note.






Out Of Africa



So long for now, sadly...

Jiva

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

PICTURES THAT CAUGHT MY EYE.....






STARFISH WAVING THEIR ARMS FOR FOOD ~ DISCOVERED BY SCIENTISTS



RED TULIPS IN ASPEN BLOOMING IN THE SPRING THAW.....


LATE SPRINGTIME AND BEAUTIFUL WEATHER HERE IN FLORIDA, SWEET BREEZES, AND WARM SWIMMING POOLS. IT MAKES ME WANT TO LOOK AROUND THE COUNTRY AND SEE WHAT'S HAPPENING IN OTHER PLACES, LIKE ASPEN, OR VIRGINIA, OR WYOMING.
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And here is a wonderful video someone sent me of a most amazing feat, and if anyone can tell me how this fellow does this illusion, I wish they would leave their comment on this page, so we can all know, as it is truly a magic trick beyond all comprehension.

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I'm going up to Maine the first week of June, lots of kids graduating from high school. After that, I'm looking forward to the Tony Awards on June 15. One of my favorite LIVE shows!

See you all next time,

Jiva

BROADWAY BABY

A CHORUS LINE

BARBARA COOK

FABULOUS PALM SPRINGS FOLLIES

Ziegfeld Girls & Marilyn Miller 1929

CONAN ANGELO PRODUCTIONS

I like to watch them both at the same time.

What time is it? I think it's NOW. (translated: Eastern Daylight Time)

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