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FLASHBACK: FILM PERSPECTIVE ON 9/11

In the first of a new occasional series of random Flashbacks to articles from our archives, we revisit an interview with actor/director/producer Sydney Pollack. In November 2001, the world was still breathing the ashes from terrorist attacks on the New York World Trade Centre in September, when Pollack visited Sydney and spoke to Andrew L. Urban about how and when filmmakers would tackle the subject.

“We need to digest it ... look what happened after Vietnam. We didn’t get a decent film from Vietnam for 10 years,” he said.

He went on to say (among other things): “Our job is to entertain you – and sometimes that entertainment, by accident, reaches the level of real art and lasts forever. And often it changes the way you think. But it isn’t designed by the filmmaker to do that. Oftentimes if it is, all you get is pretentious crap. Or propaganda. But if you see a film like Grand Illusion or All Quiet on the Western Front, where it takes your cliché ideas about someone you think is your enemy and suddenly see another part of them and changes the way you think about them – that’s healthy.”


Published February 21, 2008

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