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Sydney Pollack suggests ‘restraint' in the press


From the Dec. 18, 1981, Deseret News

NEW YORK — Director Sidney Pollack, who has also given us "The Electric Horseman," "The Way We Were," "Jeremiah Johnson" and "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" said his new film "Absence of Malice" — about a businessman (Paul Newman) investigated by federal agents, although he is innocent, and a reporter (Sally Field) who manipulates the news and then is in turn manipulated by a source — should raise the question of restraint in the press.

"Should there be restraint or shouldn't there be restraint?" Pollack asked, "I don't think there should be any legal restraints but there should be a way the press can police itself."

Pollack said he purposely avoided making a documentary on the press. "I was very naive in general about the press. I read the paper every morning but until I got into it I had no idea just how complex it is."

As interested as he was by the moral dilemma of the story Pollack was insistent that there also be a love story. "I couldn't do a film without a love story somewhere."