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The Way We Were
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Director Sydney Pollack
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Reviewed by petershelleyau on April 3rd, 2012
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Pollack is only partially scene-specific here and there is also a comment by producer Ray Stark about why he made the film and his support of the controversial cuts. Pollack comments on the unique script structure, the importance of the film for Columbia Pictures at the time, the title song and how it was used in the title sequence, character, casting, performance, photography, score, production design, costumes, rehearsal, filming problems, and the film's reception. Most interestingly he speaks about the perceived weakness of the Redford character in the initial script that the actor reacted so violently against, and how Pollack brought in new writers to work on the problem so as to convince Redford to do the film. Pollack gives his theories on making love stories and directing, and explains how cuts were made to the later part of the film after a preview screening. Rather than the accepted notion that it was the blacklist politics that turned people off, he claims it was the fact of the romance between the characters starting up again that audiences objected to. There are some pauses in the commentary but overall Pollack is interesting to listen to. He also comments on the failed attempts to make a sequel.
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