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When a young Paul Mazursky blazed onto the screen playing a vicious delinquent in the revolutionary “Blackboard Jungle,” no one could have anticipated he would carve further trails during a distinguished screenwriting career.
“Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice” and “Blume in Love” raised early clarion calls for onscreen sexual frankness. Then, while Hollywood was going youth crazy, the exquisite “Harry and Tonto” eloquently argued for the essential worth of the senior citizen. Millions of women of a certain age still cite “An Unmarried Woman” as the ’70s seminal cinematic report on their struggle for personhood. And no film has better dramatized the effect of the Holocaust on its survivors than the beautiful “Enemies, a Love Story.”
A classical humanist in the Jean Renoir tradition, Mazursky even adapted the French genius’s “Boudu Saved From Drowning” into “Down and Out in Beverly Hills,” still arguably the finest portrait of industryites in extremis. »
- Bob Verini
Paul Mazursky will receive the Writers Guild of America West’s 2014 Screen Laurel Award to honor his lifetime achievement in outstanding writing for motion pictures.
Mazursky will receive the honor at the Writers Guild Awards West Coast ceremony on Feb. 1 at the Jw Marriott Los Angeles.
“Paul Mazursky’s talents as an actor (he was in Stanley Kubrick’s first film) and filmmaker (one of the signature directors of the 1970s) should not be allowed to obscure a central fact: he is among our greatest living screenwriters,” said WGA West VP Howard Rodman. “‘Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice,’ ‘Blume in Love,’ ‘Harry and Tonto,’ ‘Next Stop, Greenwich Village,’ ‘An Unmarried Woman’ – five films in six years, any of which can make you laugh and cry, break and mend your heart. His voice is strong, unique, hilarious, wise, unmistakable.”
- Dave McNary
Last year I listed ten New Year's movie scenes, this year I give you a selection of scenes compiled by Bernhard Fasenfest that I've been holding onto for just over a year so I could post it today. The list of films featured is directly below the video. Happy New Year! Blackboard Jungle (1955) Boogie Nights (1997) Holiday Inn (1942) Last Night (2010) Little Caesar (1931) Money Train (1995) New Years Eve (2011) Oceans Eleven (1960) Poseidon (2006) Radio Days (1987) Rosemary's Baby (1968) Sleepless in Seattle (1993) Strange Days (1995) Sunset Boulevard (1950) Tabu (2012) The Apartment (1960) The Gold Rush (1925) The Hudsucker Proxy (1994) Trading Places (1983) When Harry Met Sally (1989) While You Were Sleeping (1995) »
- Brad Brevet
3 items from 2014
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