Pollock

Actor Ed Harris turns director (and lead actor) for this robust portrait of the late painter whose ‘action’ paintings earned him celebrity status based heavily in controversy. Opinions varied: genius or con? Pollock was the first art star in the U.S. and a man who wrestled with demons and struggled for legitimate recognition. Yet one person always believed in him and fought for him – fellow painter and later wife Lee Krasner (Harden), who sacrificed her career to further his. The film focuses on the most dynamic and productive decade of Pollock’s life, 1941 – 1950, recreating the New York art world and its denizens, with a sprinkling of witty cameos and powerful performances all round.‘POLLOCK convincingly retails the beauty and originality of the painter’s best work – it may not be an intellectual adventure, but it does represent one.’ Village Voice, New York

Duration:
124 minutes

Country of origin:
USA

Year of production:
2000