Most folks know by now that the wonderful film director (and equally wonderful actor) Sydney Pollack passed away on Monday. The Academy Award winning director of A-list fare like Tootsie, Out of Africa and The Way We Were, Pollack also directed one of my favorite movies They Shoot Horses, Don't They? They sure don't make movies like that anymore! They don't even make trailers like that anymore!
Pollack also was the uncredited co-director of The Swimmer (see trailer below). I first saw this movie in film history class while a dewy-eyed freshman in college and couldn't figure out what the hell was going on. Now I get it... kind of. Based on a John Cheever short story, it's a great slice of suburban surrealism as well as a fantastic period piece. Hopefully Mr. Pollack is swimming his way to higher astral planes that no doubt align themselves like so many Connecticut swimming pools along the time/space continuum.