Movie director Sydney Pollack has died of cancer at age 73.
He directed a number of Oscar winning movies, including Tootsie and Out of Africa. He also did a bit of acting now and again too.
My best memory of his work though, is a DVD extra on the DVD of his movie The Interpreter. On it, he decries, and deconstructs brilliantly the idiotic process of “panning and scanning” a movie to fit on a 4X3 television. He shows, in patient detail, just how much is lost out of a movie, especially movies with complex visual cues such as in his movies.
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