Wednesday, May 28, 2008

"Tootsie" roll

The death of the wonderful director-actor Sydney Pollack prompted a deluge of well-deserved remembrances of his film career, including many about 1982's "Tootsie", one of his landmark movies.

For those who don't know (or remember), parts of "Tootsie" were filmed in Ulster County, specifically at the Hurley Mountain Inn (where Dustin Hoffman's Michael Dorsey character renews acquaintances with Charles Durning, who played Jessica Lange's dad) and at a farmhouse just down the road (where Hoffman's Dorothy Michaels' character, spends a weekend with Durning and Lange).

The filming caused quite a buzz in the community, with celebrity sitings at or near the motel at which the cast and crew stayed (the then Ramada Inn, if memory serves me). I also seem to recall that Schneller's, a popular Uptown Kingston meat market and restaurant of the time, was called upon to cater meals.

The Pollack obits zeroed in on creative differences between the director (who also appeared in the film as Hoffman's agent) and the star. But the end result was terrific, and the movie holds up lo these many years later. That's particularly the case for locals who delight in seeing their community in a supporting role.
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