Thursday, June 23, 2011

RIP David Rayfiel

David Rayfiel was, according to Robert Redford, "the unsung hero of almost every picture Sydney Pollack and I have made together." Rayfiel, whose light rewriting touch added much to every Pollack/Redford collaboration, died Wednesday June 22, in Manhattan. He was 87. Rayfiel worked, usually uncredited, on all seven movies Pollack and Redford made together: "This Property Is Condemned," "Three Days of the Condor," "Jeremiah Johnson," "The Way We Were," "The Electric Horseman," "Out of Africa" and "Havana." He also had a hand in Pollack's "The Slender Thread," "Absence of Malice," "The Firm," "Sabrina" and "The Interpreter." David Rayfiel was a co-screenwriter on one Euro-western "Valdez is Coming!" (1971).

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