Paul on Mazursky

Paul on Mazursky

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Paul on Mazursky by Sam Wasson

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780819571441
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Publication date: 08/15/2011
Series: Wesleyan Film
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 348
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

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

What People are Saying About This

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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