Paul on Mazursky

Overview

Paul Mazursky's nearly twenty films as writer/director represent Hollywood's most sustained comic expression of the 1970s and 1980s. But they have not been given their due, perhaps because Mazursky's films--both sincere and ridiculous, realistic and romantic--are pure emotion. This makes films like Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, An Unmarried Woman, and Enemies, A Love Story difficult to classify, but that's what makes a human comedy human. In the first ever book-length examination of one of America's most...
See more details below
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (6) from $19.69   
  • New (3) from $454.00   
  • Used (3) from $19.69   
Paul on Mazursky

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$27.99
BN.com price

Overview

Paul Mazursky's nearly twenty films as writer/director represent Hollywood's most sustained comic expression of the 1970s and 1980s. But they have not been given their due, perhaps because Mazursky's films--both sincere and ridiculous, realistic and romantic--are pure emotion. This makes films like Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, An Unmarried Woman, and Enemies, A Love Story difficult to classify, but that's what makes a human comedy human. In the first ever book-length examination of one of America's most important and least appreciated filmmakers, Sam Wasson sits down with Mazursky himself to talk about his movies and how he makes them. Going over Mazursky's oeuvre one film at a time, interviewer and interviewee delve into the director's life in and out of Hollywood, laughing, talking, and above all else, feeling--like Mazursky's people always do. The book includes a filmography and never-before-seen photos.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Along with Robert Altman, Paul Mazursky perhaps best represents the new counterculture spirit of 1970s filmmaking. Older than most other major directors of that period, Mazursky tried film acting, switched to screenwriting, then became a director when he felt dissatisfaction with another director's work on his script for I Love You, Alice B. Toklas. Wasson (Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and the Dawn of the Modern Woman) presents his series of conversations with Mazursky, whom he hails as a "great American humanist." The author highlights Mazursky's keen eye for social satire and his gift for capturing the moment, notably in Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice. Wasson provides additional perspective via interviews with Mazursky's colleagues and associates, particularly An Unmarried Woman star Jill Clayburgh. VERDICT With patience, humor, and insight, Mazursky describes his ups and downs in the movie business and gives his opinions on movie personalities like Shelley Winters, Woody Allen, and Marlon Brando. Recommended for anyone wanting to learn more about this unjustly neglected film figure.—Stephen F. Rees, formerly with Levittown Lib., Bucks Cty., PA
From the Publisher
“It was called Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, and it was the first film directed by Paul Mazursky, who went on to make seven genuinely memorable movies in a fascinating 35-year career that offers some rueful lessons about the changing nature of the American film. That career is the subject of Paul on Mazursky, a delightful book of conversations between the film writer Sam Wasson and the garrulous octogenarian...”—John Podhoretz, The Weekly Standard

“…Paul on Mazursky…reminds us that Mazursky’s varied talents add up to a memorable legacy of filmmaking.”—Benjamin Ivry, The Forward Blog

“…this book provides a fresh, innovative paradigm for biographical studies. … Grab this book and a large cup of coffee, find an oversized stuffed chair, and slip into the funny heart of another human being.”—

“…this book provides a fresh, innovative paradigm for biographical studies. … Grab this book and a large cup of coffee, find an oversized stuffed chair, and slip into the funny heart of another human being.”—T. Lindvall, Choice

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780819571434
  • Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2011
  • Series: Wesleyan Film
  • Pages: 348
  • Sales rank: 970,786
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Sam Wasson
SAM WASSON is the New York Times-bestselling author of Fifth Avenue, 5AM: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and the Dawn of the Modern Woman, and A Splurch in the Kisser: The Movies of Blake Edwards. He is working on a biography of Bob Fosse.
Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments The Jewish Foreword: Mel on Mazursky Introduction: On Paul on Mazursky Boychick: Brooklyn, 1930 - Los Angeles, 1968
I Love You, Alice B. Toklas! (1968)
Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969)
Alex in Wonderland (1970)
Meg on Mazursky Blume in Love (1973)
Harry and Tonto (1974)
Josh on Mazursky Next Stop, Greenwich Village (1976)
Juliet on Mazursky An Unmarried Woman (1978)
Jill on Mazursky Willie & Phil (1980)
Donn on Mazursky Tempest (1982)
Moscow on the Hudson (1984)
Laddie on Mazursky Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986)
Moon Over Parador (1988)
Enemies: A Love Story (1989)
Fred on Mazursky Scenes from a Mall (1991)
Albert on Mazursky The Pickle (1993) / Faithful (1996)
Winchell (1998) / Coast to Coast (2003)
Yippee (2006)
Tzadik: Minetta Lane, Fall 2007
Filmography Index
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)