Although actor/director Paul Mazursky enjoyed a lengthy and successful career spanning several decades, he rose to his greatest prominence during the 1970s, an era during which his films probed with uncommon insight and depth. Born Irwin Mazursky on April 25, 1930, in Brooklyn, NY, he studied literature at the nearby Brooklyn College. There he began acting, winning acclaim for a leading role in a 1950 campus revival of Leonid Andreyev’s He Who Gets Slapped. His performance caught the eye of scenarist Howard Sackler, who introduced the young actor to an aspiring filmmaker named Stanley Kubrick. Mazursky then took a leave of absence from his studies to travel to California to appear in Kubrick’s little-seen debut feature, Fear and Desire, for which he changed his first name to Paul. Upon graduating in 1951, he migrated to Greenwich Village, where he studied method acting under Lee Strasberg. He also appeared in a number of stock productions, ranging from Death of a Salesman to The Seagull… read more
Icons of the avant-garde will be appearing on both coasts over the next few days and weeks.
Friday's New Directors / New Films lineup: Laura Poitras's The Oath, Rigoberto Perezcano's Northless, Eric Mendelsohn's 3 Backyards and
Some movies are timeless and prove relevant to several generations. Other movies speak loudly and effectively to their generation, but date thereafter. Such films lose their relevance, but are still… read review