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- A Tribute to Paul Mazursky

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  We are delighted to have Mr. Paul Mazurski in person for the tribute, with the showing of Down and Out in Beverly Hills on Saturday, March 11, 2006 @ 07:30 PM

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Writer-director-actor-producer Paul Mazursky has created a body of work over the past thirty years that has established him as one of America's most respected filmmakers. His films are often personal, intimate and humorous observations of the human condition.
Mazursky was born in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn in 1930. He started his performing in school, continuing at Brooklyn College, where in his senior year, he landed the leading role of an off-Broadway production of He Who Gets Slapped. Shortly thereafter, he was cast in Stanley Kubrick's first film Fear and Desire, and two years later in The Blackboard Jungle. During this period, he appeared on TV and performed as a stand-up comic in Greenwich Village clubs.

In 1959, he moved to Los Angeles, where he joined the L.A. company of Second City. Increasingly, his focus shifted to writing for other comics, including Danny Kaye. In due course, he teamed up with like-minded humorist Larry Tucker and together they wrote the screenplays for three feature films, I Love You, Alice B. Toklas, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice and Alex in Wonderland. Knowing that he wanted to direct, Mazursky used his success to gain Columbia Pictures' confidence, and he made his directorial debut with Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice. Now considered a classic, the film opened the 1969 New York Film Festival. His screenplay collaboration with Tucker received an Academy Award nomination. As director and co-writer, Mazursky followed Bob & Carol with Alex in Wonderland (starring Donald Sutherland), Harry & Tonto (Oscar nomination for best screenplay, written with Josh Greenfield), and Next Stop, Greenwich Village.

1978 saw the triumphant release of Mazursky's An Unmarried Woman. Star Jill Clayburgh was named best actress at the Cannes Film Festival. Mazursky was nominated again for an Oscar for best screenplay. Mazursky continued with Willie and Phil, Tempest, and Moscow on the Hudson, which established Robin Williams as an actor of formidable range.

Mazursky then directed the smash hit comedy Down and Out in Beverly Hills, starring Bette Midler and Nick Nolte.

Mazursky's other films include Moon Over Parador, Enemies: A Love Story (which garnered three Oscar nominations and earned the New York Film Critics Award for best director), Scenes from a Mall (starring Woody Allen and Bette Midler), The Pickle (with Danny Aiello), and Faithful, starring Chazz Palminteri, Cher and Ryan O'Neal, and the HBO movie Winchell, with Stanley Tucci, Glenne Headly and Paul Giamatti.

Actor:

2005 - Cattle Call
2005 - I Want Someone to Eat Cheese with
2004 - Coast to Coast
2002 - Do It for Uncle Manny
2001 - Big Shot’s Funeral
2000 - Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures
1999 - Crazy in Alabama
1999 - A Slight Case of Murder
1998 - Winchell
1997 - Weapons of Mass Distraction
1996 - 2 Days in the Valley
1996 - Touch
1995 - Miami Rhapsody
1994 - Love Affair
1993 - Carlito’s Way
1992 - Man Trouble
1990 - Scenes from a Mall
1989 - Enemies, a Love Story
1989 - Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills
1988 - Moon Over Parador
1988 - Punchline
1985 - Into the Night
1979 - A Man, a Woman and a Bank
1976 - A Star Is Born
1973 - Blume in Love
1970 - Alex in Wonderland

Director:

2004 - Coast to Coast
1998 - Winchell
1990 - Scenes from a Mall
1989 - Enemies, a Love Story
1988 - Moon Over Parador
1986 - Down and Out in Beverly Hills
1984 - Moscow on the Hudson
1982 - Tempest
1980 - Willie & Phil
1977 - Unmarried Woman, An
1976 - Next Stop, Greenwich Village
1974 - Harry and Tonto
1973 - Blume in Love
1970 - Alex in Wonderland
1969 - Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice

Screenwriter:

1990 - Scenes from a Mall
1989 - Enemies, a Love Story
1988 - Moon Over Parador
1986 - Down and Out in Beverly Hills
1984 - Moscow on the Hudson
1982 - Tempest
1980 - Willie & Phil
1977 - Unmarried Woman, An
1976 - Next Stop, Greenwich Village
1974 - Harry and Tonto
1973 - Blume in Love
1969 - Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice
1968 - I Love You, Alice B. Toklas!

Producer:

1990 - Scenes from a Mall
1989 - Enemies, a Love Story
1988 - Moon Over Parador
1986 - Down and Out in Beverly Hills
1984 - Moscow on the Hudson
1982 - Tempest
1980 - Willie & Phil
1977 - Unmarried Woman, An
1976 - Next Stop, Greenwich Village
1974 - Harry and Tonto
1973 - Blume in Love

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