‘Tootsie’, the Sidney Pollack, and Filmin

He is one of the most renowned Spanish directors in genre cinema. His saga ‘Rec‘put on the international map the spanish terror and with his latest works, such as ‘Verónica’ or ‘Who kills iron’ he has demonstrated his handling of the fantastic and of terror with a background of analysis of Spanish society and its idiosyncrasies. In 2021 he will premiere ‘La abuela’, written by Carlos Vermouth and starring Vera Valdez, mythical Brazilian mannequin of Coco Chanel and the debutante Almudena Love. The Valencian filmmaker Paco Plaza has spoken with El Confidencial to recommend a must-see movie available on Filmin: ‘Tootsie‘(1982) by Sydney Pollack.

Among all the titles available on the platforms, Plaza recommends ‘Tootsie’, of Sydney Pollack, which can be found on Filmin. “I recommend it, first, for vindicate the figure of Sidney Pollack, who is one of those directors who have not generated around him a cult, a ‘fandom’, like others who consider themselves big names like Kubrick, Spielberg The Scorsese. Reviewing Pollack’s filmography, I don’t think he’s that far from that level. For me, he is one of the great directors who is sometimes crossed out and placed in the category of artisans, as if that were something derogatory. But then you look at the filmography and you realize that they have an incredible amount of undeniable movies“.

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Pollack, who died in 2008, was part of that generation of filmmakers who built their careers first in the theater and then on television, to finally make the leap to cinema in the mid-sixties, when Hollywood, with traditional studios in full decline, let in young and irreverent voices that turned the language of classic cinema upside down. He was not a filmmaker from the margins, but he achieved the difficult balance between the new ‘establishment’ of American cinema and the authorial thrust, reconfiguring the ‘star system’ together with Robert Redford, Barbra Streisand, Mike Nichols and company.

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Beyond his well-known works such as ‘Out of Africa’ (1985) – for which he won two Oscars – or ‘As We Were’ (1973), Pollack, a chameleonic both as director and in front of the camera, also has more titles. risky and less known to the general public, such as ‘The swimmer’, one of his first forays on the big screen – and which has become a modern classic with Burt Lancaster in full maturity—, and works as great and rooted in popular culture as ‘Danzad, danzad malditos’ (1969), the highest expression of modern cinema and the end of the American dream, with Jane Fonda in the lead role.

Trailer for ‘Tootsie’ in Spanish.

Y ‘Tootsie’, con Dustin Hoffman Transvestite actress in search of success in an industry that resists her as a man, it is one of her top comedies, winner of three Golden Globes – and an Oscar for Jessica Lange– and that for Plaza it deserves more credit and memory than the critics have given it. “Tootsie ‘I really like because, contrary to what is usually assumed of a comedy, of a staging very at the service of acting and of composing a shot and leaving the actors to act, It strikes me as a staging prodigy, packed with brilliant visual ideas, narrated in a super-elegant way that fits into the Pakula, Schlesinger or Lumet tradition, “explains Plaza.

“They are apparently very sober directors, but as soon as you have some eye, you can detect that demonstrate undeniable mastery. Sometimes comedy films are overlooked, valuing them or not only based on how funny they seem to us or the script or the performances, and forgetting that the work of a director, of a ‘stage setter’ , as the French would say, it is decisive for the effectiveness of a film. ”

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He is one of the most renowned Spanish directors in genre cinema. His saga ‘Rec‘put on the international map the spanish terror and with his latest works, such as ‘Verónica’ or ‘Who kills iron’ he has demonstrated his handling of the fantastic and of terror with a background of analysis of Spanish society and its idiosyncrasies. In 2021 he will premiere ‘La abuela’, written by Carlos Vermouth and starring Vera Valdez, mythical Brazilian mannequin of Coco Chanel and the debutante Almudena Love. The Valencian filmmaker Paco Plaza has spoken with El Confidencial to recommend a must-see movie available on Filmin: ‘Tootsie‘(1982) by Sydney Pollack.

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