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Friday, September 20, 2013


Jackson Pollock, a champion of Abstract Expressionists in New York, is surely one of my all-time favourites.

This film traces his troubled life through superb performance by Ed Harris.

He had been considering a film on Pollock for nearly ten years before it finally materialised.
This clearly shows in his brilliant performance. He's a very fine actor, anyway.

I was amazed to know that he actually created paintings used in the film by himself.

What makes this film, and his true life much more touching is, Lee Krasner.

She not only recognised his enormous talent early, but also supported him all through his life despite of his neurosis, frequent alcohol driven violent rage and extra marital affair.

Not only that, even after his death, she dedicated her life protecting his legacy and paintings.
And she established herself as an accomplished painter.
That's really remarkable. Very few women artists were recognised at that time.

Although captured very briefly in the film, I love the scene where Pollock saw some white paints dripping on a floor, and suddenly consumed by outburst of creativity, he started splashing paints all over the vast canvas.

This is a great film.

Interviewer:  "How do you know when you're finished with a painting?"
Jackson Pollock:  "How do you know when you're finished making love?"

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