Film director Sydney Pollack is dead. He was 73. He hauled awards for Out of Africa (“I had a coffee faarm in Aafrica”) and permanently iconised Streisand and Redford in The Way We Were (“Your girl is lovely, Hubble”), but my favorite Pollack movie is Tootsie (“I was a better man as a woman than I was as a man. . .), his brilliant comedy about the acting life (and source of perennial Pinoy favorite, “It Might Be You”). He produced a lot of movies, among them The English Patient and The Talented Mr. Ripley. Recently he delivered great performances himself, in movies like Eyes Wide Shut and Michael Clayton. Sydney Pollack stopped by the Philippines in 2003, on his way to a bicycling trip in Burma with his friends. Mar Roxas gave a dinner for the group. Pollack told us how films get financed and how they make a profit. He said the most profitable movie he’d ever produced (at that time) was Sliding Doors.