|Paul Mazursky Tribute
An Aero Theatre Exclusive!
Since his directorial debut with BOB & CAROL & TED & ALICE 40 years ago,
filmmaker Paul Mazursky has been one of Americas most reliable comic storytellers.
He began his career as an actor, appearing in an early Stanley Kubrick feature, FEAR AND
DESIRE, before going on to roles in THE BLACKBOARD JUNGLE and numerous classic TV series.
Mazursky continued acting, but quickly became known as a formidable writer on series
including "The Danny Kaye Show" and "The Monkees." After Mazursky and
partner Larry Tucker wrote the script for I LOVE YOU, ALICE B. TOKLAS in 1968, they
collaborated on BOB & CAROL & TED & ALICE, the film that would establish
Mazurskys voice as a director: that of a brilliant but humane satirist, capable of
illuminating his characters foibles without condescension. Mazurskys form of
sympathetic satire evolved over the next several decades in classics like BLUME IN LOVE,
AN UNMARRIED WOMAN and DOWN AND OUT IN BEVERLY HILLS, and he has continued to act in
everything from "The Sopranos" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm" to his own
The American Cinematheque is proud to show a selection of
Mazursky favorites, with the filmmaker in-person.
Thursday, November 19 - 7:30 PM
Double Feature: AN UNMARRIED WOMAN, 1978, 20th Century Fox, 124 min. Dir. Paul
Mazursky. Erica (Jill Clayburgh) is a wealthy New Yorker whose stability is shattered by
the breakup of her marriage. But she turns tragedy into triumph by seizing the opportunity
to find herself via a new life and a new relationship.Clip
TEMPEST, 1982, Sony Repertory, 136 min.
In Paul Mazursky's loose adaptation of Shakespeare's "The Tempest," John
Cassavetes plays an architect who leaves his wife (Gena Rowlands) and moves to a Greek
island with his teenage daughter (Molly Ringwald). Complications emerge when Cassavetes
falls for Susan Sarandon and his wife shows up on the island with a new lover. Discussion in between films with director Paul Mazursky. Clip
Friday, November 20 - 7:30 PM
Double Feature: 40th Anniversary!
BOB & CAROL & TED & ALICE, 1969, Sony
Repertory, 105 min. Dir. Paul Mazursky. A ground-breaking, hilarious and still-pointed
satire of sexual hang-ups in America. "We came here for an orgy, didn't we?"
says repressed housewife Dyan Cannon, just before she joins Natalie Wood and husbands
Elliott Gould and Robert Culp in some classic, late-1960s wife-swapping, hot-tubbing
HARRY AND TONTO, 1974, 20th Century
Fox, 115 min. Dir. Paul Mazursky. Art Carney won an Oscar for his performance as Harry, an
aging man who hits the road with his cat Tonto. Their journey is funny and touching in
equal measures, thanks to Paul Mazursky and Josh Greenfields reflective screenplay
and a supporting cast that includes Larry Hagman, Ellen Burstyn and Josh Mostel. Discussion in between films with director Paul Mazursky and actors
Dyan Cannon, Elliott Gould and Robert Culp. Trailer