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Sydney Pollack

"This Property is Condemned" Though reviews were mixed for Pollack's second film as a director, this 1966 romantic melo-drama, "suggested" from an early Tennessee Williams one-act play, has a lot going for it. The film, set in the Depression-era South, is beautifully shot by the legendary James Wong Howe and features Natalie Wood in her Golden Globe-nominated performance as a young woman whose sleazy mother (Kate Reid) runs a boardinghouse for railroad workers. The movie also marks the first time Pollack directed his pal Redford in his role as a railroad efficiency expert who has arrived to fire most of the workers but finds himself fired up over Wood. Tiziana Fabi AFP / Getty Images
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