Paul on Mazursky

Paul on Mazursky

by Sam Wasson

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Conversations with one of America’s funniest filmmakers

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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
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“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

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Product Details

Wesleyan University Press
Publication date:
Wesleyan Film
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

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Mel Brooks
“Paul Mazursky is the American Renoir.”
Quentin Tarantino
“Paul Mazursky is one of the great writer-directors of cinema. His work is closer to that of a novelist than a movie director. His complicated, conflicted, and comedic characters are some of that decade’s finest.”
Leonard Maltin
“America’s most undervalued filmmaker finally gets the book he deserves. It’s warm, personal, idiosyncratic and insightful—just like his movies.”
Eric Lax
“Talk is how the great writer-director-actor-warm-hearted-satirist Paul Mazursky communicates in his films, and talk about everything is what he does in this wonderful, illuminating book by Sam Wasson that gently probes the artist and the man for his views on movies, Hollywood, and himself. For years, Mazursky and a group of friends have gathered daily for coffee at the Farmers Market in Los Angeles to talk about the comedy called life, and Wasson succeeds brilliantly in capturing the ease of their conversation for the reader without our having to fly to LA—and find no room at the table. Anyone who cares about films and wonders how they manage to get made, and who likes both to be educated and to laugh, should read this book.”

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