Pollock (2000) directed by Ed Harris
Marcia Gay Harden as Lee Krasner and Ed Harris as Jackson Pollock

Lee: What’s this? I see the head, the body. This isn’t cubism Jackson because you’re not really breaking down the figure into multiple views. You’re just showing us one side. And what is this? Free Association? Automatism?
Jackson: I’m just painting, Lee.
Lee: But what are doing Jackson? And don’t tell me you don’t know what you’re doing. Are you experimenting with surrealism? Is this a dream? Even if it’s a dream, it’s still what you see. It’s life. You’re not just randomly putting paint on the canvas. You’re painting something. You can’t abstract from nothing. You can only abstract from life, from nature.
Jackson: I am nature.
Lee: But if you only work from beside yourself,  you’ll repeat yourself.
Jackson: Why don’t you paint the fuckin’ thing?

4 Responses to “Pollock (2000) – Jackson Pollock’s 100th Birthday”

  1. I have two questions, Craig.
    1. Did you like the movie?
    2. Which is your favorite film biography of a painter?

  2. 1. Pollock is terrific. I’m not always crazy about Ed Harris, but he seemed a great match for the character.
    2. I suppose the cool film nerd thing to answer for this one would be Andrei Rublev, but I haven’t seen it for years and years. I’m going to have to go with a more recent movie called Seraphine, though Pollock was excellent and several others were very good.

    What about you?

  3. I agree with you 100% concerning Pollock and Harris. I haven’t seen neither Seraphine nor Andrei Rublev (i know, i know) so I will stick with a classic: Lust For Life

  4. Lust for Life is indeed a classic and I almost mentioned it. I had never heard of the artist Seraphine before I saw the movie, but it was one of my favorites of whatever year it came out.

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