Turner Classic Movies will salute the life and career of the late Oscar-winning filmmaker Sydney Pollack on June 2.
Highlighting the lineup: The Slender Thread (1965), airing at 8 p.m., it marked Pollack’s directorial debut; the award-winning comedy Tootsie (1982), which trails only Billy Wilder’s Some Like It Hot on the American Film Institute’s list of best film comedies, will run at midnight.; plus Jeremiah Johnson (1972) and Three Days of the Condor (1975), and Jeremiah Johnson (1972), two of the filmmaker’s seven collaborations with star Robert Redford, scheduled at 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. on June 3, respectively.
Pollack, who hosted Turner Classic’s weekly movie showcase The Essentials from 2003 to 2004, died of cancer Monday at the age of 73.
In July, the vintage movie service will present film critic and commentator Elvis Mitchell’s extensive, in-depth interview with Pollack, among the last interviews he ever gave. The interview will air Monday, July 7, at 8 p.m. as the premiere installment of the network’s new original series TCM Presents Elvis Mitchell: Under The Influence. It will be followed by a presentation of Pollack’s Tootsie, as well as by the Gene Kelly classic An American in Paris, one of the films Pollack claimed as a strong influence on his life and work.
“Sydney Pollack was a great friend to Turner Classic Movies and a champion of preserving the cinematic arts,” said Charles Tabesh, senior vice president of programming for TCM, in a statement. “As one-time host of TCM’s weekly showcase The Essentials, he displayed his extraordinary passion for film by introducing viewers to some of the greatest movies ever made. We are grateful that he was eager to participate in our new series with Elvis Mitchell, which sadly turned out to be the one of the last interviews he gave. He will be sorely missed.”