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starring Ed Harris, Marcia Gay Harden, Tom Bower, Jennifer Connelly
screenplay by Barbara Turner and Susan J. Emshwiller, based on the book Jackson Pollock: An American Saga by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith
directed by Ed Harris
by Bill Chambers
"How do you know when you're finished making love?"
-Jackson Pollock's famous retort to a LIFE MAGAZINE reporter who asked how Pollock knows when he's completed a painting
Jackson Pollock's "making love" quote is famous, but in practically the same breath he said a much more constructive thing: "It's like looking at a bed of flowers--tear your hair out over what it means." It took him sixteen words to do as whole dissertations have tried and failed, that is, to equate God and abstract art and offer a kind of backhanded comfort to those confused to the point of resentment by the avant-garde. The biopic Pollock, actor Ed Harris's directorial debut, reflects the second soundbite in how it accepts Pollock's creations as part of the order of things, and should similarly disarm haters of fine art.