5 Classic Films Directed By Sydney Pollack

A formidable actor trained by the legendary Sanford Meisner, Sydney Pollack also directed some of Hollywood’s biggest hits. Here are five of his best movies.

‘Maltese Falcon’ Fetches Over Four Million at Auction

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Classic Spy Movies

Whether gritty and realistic or slick and campy, spy films have been a favorite genre among filmmakers and audiences. Often set in some international locale, they featured government agents engaged in espionage in secret and at great risk to themselves. Though numerous spy movies were made prior to World War II, notably by Alfred Hitchcock, it wasn’t until the Cold War that the genre exploded in popularity. Some took the Russian threat seriously, while others like James Bond had more of a devil-may-care attitude toward the free world’s sworn enemies. In the 1970s, audiences’ paranoia turned inward in the wake of Watergate, which was best exemplified by the likes of Sydney Pollack and Alan J. Pakula. Regardless of historical influences, spy films have always been escapist entertainment for moviegoers seeking action, thrills, and clear-cut heroes and villains.

Maltese Falcon Review

‘The Maltese Falcon’ established Humphrey Bogart as a megastar, and is thought by many to be the first film noir. With Mary Astor, Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet as international fortune-hunters who’ll do anything to get their hands on the Maltese Falcon, Bogart as detective Sam Spade, from the pulp fiction masterpiece by Dashiell Hammett.