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Paul on Mazursky

Sam Wasson; Mel Brooks, fwd.



Wesleyan Film

Wesleyan University Press
2011 • 348 pp. 38 illus. 6 1/4 x 9 1/4”
Film, TV, Visual Culture


$35.00 Hardcover, 978-0-8195-7143-4

$27.99 Ebook, 978-0-8195-7144-1

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“It was called Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, and it was the first film directed by Paul Mazursky, who went on to make seven genuinely memorable movies in a fascinating 35-year career that offers some rueful lessons about the changing nature of the American film. That career is the subject of Paul on Mazursky, a delightful book of conversations between the film writer Sam Wasson and the garrulous octogenarian...”John Podhoretz, The Weekly Standard

Conversations with one of America’s funniest filmmakers

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.

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Reviews:

“…Paul on Mazursky…reminds us that Mazursky’s varied talents add up to a memorable legacy of filmmaking.”—Benjamin Ivry, The Forward Blog

“…this book provides a fresh, innovative paradigm for biographical studies. … Grab this book and a large cup of coffee, find an oversized stuffed chair, and slip into the funny heart of another human being.”

“…this book provides a fresh, innovative paradigm for biographical studies. … Grab this book and a large cup of coffee, find an oversized stuffed chair, and slip into the funny heart of another human being.”T. Lindvall, Choice

Endorsements:

“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.”Quentin Tarantino

“America’s most undervalued filmmaker finally gets the book he deserves. It’s warm, personal, idiosyncratic and insightful—just like his movies.”Leonard Maltin



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.






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