Eventually I Learned: It’s Editors and Directors That Make Movies

I used to think that great actors made great films. Now I know it’s great editors and directors that make great films.
Sydney Pollack made one of my favorite films of all times Out of Africa. I never get tired of watching the story unfold.
I didn’t pay that close attention to the films he directed until today. These are the ones I recall and enjoyed.

  • Sabrina (1995)
  • The Firm (1993)
  • Out of Africa (1985)
  • Tootsie (1982)
  • Absence of Malice (1981)
  • The Electric Horseman (1979)
  • Three Days of the Condor (1975)

The other cool thing was that he could act – at least carry a smallish part. I’m not really sure what a film producer does, but he was involved as producer or executive producer in a lot of great films too.
Too bad about his death. Damn cancer.

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Eventually I Learned: It’s Editors and Directors That Make Movies — 3 Comments

  1. Producers are the ones who put up money for the movie or arrange for the funding.

    Great writers are part of the process, too. Editors often are called in, sometimes called script doctors.

    I’ve written two screenplays and 10 shorts. It was fun, but I wasn’t able to find anyone who would produce them.

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  2. @Rita: Nah, don’t need no friggin’ writers. Silent movies did OK.
    I know you are proud of your blog and all, but please stop with the link on every comment – close to being spam.