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Paul Mazursky is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter and Producer American born on 25 april 1930 at New York City (USA)

Paul Mazursky

Paul Mazursky
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Birth name Irwin Mazursky
Nationality USA
Birth 25 april 1930 at New York City (USA)
Death 30 june 2014 (at 84 years) at Los Angeles (USA)

Irwin Lawrence "Paul" Mazursky (April 25, 1930 – June 30, 2014) was an American film director, screenwriter, and actor. Known for his dramatic comedies that often dealt with modern social issues, he was nominated for five Academy Awards: three times for Best Original Screenplay, once for Best Adapted Screenplay, and once for Best Picture for An Unmarried Woman (1978). Other films written and directed by Mazursky include Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969), Blume in Love (1973), Harry and Tonto (1974), Moscow on the Hudson (1984), and Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986).


He was born in to a Jewish family in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Jean (née Gerson), a piano player for dance classes, and David Mazursky, a laborer. Mazursky's grandfather was an immigrant from Ukraine. Mazursky graduated from Brooklyn College in 1951. He was an atheist.

Mazursky was married to Betsy (Purdy) Mazursky from 1953 until his death.

Best films

A Star Is Born (1976)
Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986)
An Unmarried Woman (1978)
Harry and Tonto (1974)

Usually with

Albert Wolsky
Albert Wolsky
(11 films)
Larry Tucker
Larry Tucker
(3 films)
Bill Conti
Bill Conti
(7 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Paul Mazursky (51 films)

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The Other Side of the Wind, 2h2
Directed by Orson Welles
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy
Actors John Huston, Peter Bogdanovich, Norman Foster, Lilli Palmer, Robert Random, Joseph McBride
Roles Paul Mazursky
Rating66% 3.3492553.3492553.3492553.3492553.349255
Un vieux réalisateur, J.J. Hannaford, mélange de John Ford et d'Ernest Hemingway fait son retour à Hollywood après plusieurs années d'exil en Europe. Il est en train de finir un nouveau film avec lequel il veut mettre au défi, sur le terrain, « toute la palette du jeune cinéma américain, depuis les cinéphiles mélancoliques jusqu'à Andy Warhol ». Une fête est organisée en son honneur dans son ranch par tout le gratin hollywoodien à l'occasion de son soixante-dixième anniversaire. Cette soirée se terminera par la mort du réalisateur au volant de la voiture de sport qu'il voulait offrir à son acteur favori, sans que l'on sache s'il s'agit d'un accident ou d'un suicide.
Casting By
Casting By (2012)
, 1h29
Origin USA
Genres Documentary
Themes Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the film industry, Documentary films about cities
Actors Marion Dougherty, Lynn Stalmaster, Woody Allen, Jeff Bridges, Glenn Close, Robert De Niro
Roles Self (Voice)
Rating75% 3.787123.787123.787123.787123.78712
The film is a celebration of the casting profession, highlighting its previously unsung role in film history while also serving as an elegy to the lost era of the New Hollywood. It focuses on casting pioneer Marion Dougherty, an iconoclast whose exquisite taste, tenacity and gut instincts brought a new kind of actor to the screen that would mark the end of the old studio system and help to usher in this revolutionary new period. The film draws a line through the last half century to show us the profession’s evolution from studio system type-casting to the rise of large ensemble films populated with unique and diverse casts.
Kung Fu Panda 2, 1h27
Directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Kung fu, Action, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Sports films, Martial arts films, Films about apes, Mise en scène d'un tigre, Kung fu films, Wuxia films, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère, Panda
Actors Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Gary Oldman, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu
Roles Musician Bunny (voice)
Rating71% 3.5979653.5979653.5979653.5979653.597965
An opening prologue set years before the events of the first film tells that Lord Shen, the scion of a peacock clan that rules Gongmen City in ancient China, seeks to harness fireworks as a weapon. After discovering from the court's goat Soothsayer that "a warrior of black-and-white" will defeat him if he does not change his ways, Shen leads an army of wolves to exterminate the panda population to avert the prophecy. Shen's parents are horrified at this atrocity and exile their son, who swears revenge.
I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With, 1h20
Directed by Jeff Garlin
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Films about television
Actors Sarah Silverman, Bonnie Hunt, Jeff Garlin, Amy Sedaris, David Pasquesi, Phyllis Smith
Roles Charlie Perlman
Rating60% 3.047023.047023.047023.047023.04702
Overweight, depressed improv actor James (Garlin) is a Second City cast member in Chicago. He lives with his mother and cheats on his diet. He quits his acting job on a sleazy television prank show, his girlfriend, Andrea, breaks up with him, and his agent, Herb, dumps him. When he visits his friend's daughter's elementary school for Career Day, he rambles about his problems, boring the kids, and embarrassing himself in front of the teacher, Stella (Hunt).
Yippee: A Journey to Jewish Joy, 1h14
Directed by Paul Mazursky
Origin USA
Genres Documentary
Themes Films about religion, Documentary films about religion, Films about Jews and Judaism
Actors Paul Mazursky
Roles Himself
Rating69% 3.4798453.4798453.4798453.4798453.479845
The documentary film follows filmmaker Mazursky as he goes to Ukraine for a festival for Hasidic Jews.
Cattle Call, 1h23
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Actors Thomas Ian Nicholas, Jenny Mollen, Nicole Eggert, Diedrich Bader, Lisa Arturo, Chelsea Handler
Roles Judge Mendel
Rating37% 1.869581.869581.869581.869581.86958
Cattle Call follows the three male protagonists as they hold a fake casting call in Hollywood for a fictional independent film entitled Perfect for Me with the hope of meeting women. Richie is looking for a relationship, while Sherman and Glenn are more interested in sex. After going on dates with the girls, they eventually chose three women to be in their 'film' - Marina, Laurel and Nikita.
Coast to Coast, 1h48
Directed by Paul Mazursky
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama
Themes Transport films, Road movies
Actors Richard Dreyfuss, Judy Davis, Selma Blair, Maximilian Schell, David Julian Hirsh, Kate Lynch
Roles Stanly Tarto
Rating63% 3.198343.198343.198343.198343.19834
With equal parts humor and vitriol, Academy Award-winner Richard Dreyfuss and Emmy Award-winner Judy Davis portray Barnaby and Maxine Pierce, a middle-aged couple exploring the ups and downs of a marriage that has spun out of control. They have decided to divorce, but take one last cross country road trip from Connecticut to Los Angeles to attend the wedding of their son and give him their vintage Thunderbird as a gift. By reflecting on the life they’ve shared together, the couple begins to re-evaluate their marriage and discover the possibility of rekindling their relationship.
The Mystery of Natalie Wood, 2h52
Directed by Peter Bogdanovich
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography
Themes Films about television
Actors Justine Waddell, Michael Weatherly, Matthew Settle, Colin Friels, Elizabeth Rice, Alice Krige
Roles lui-même
Rating68% 3.441633.441633.441633.441633.44163
The film opens on November 28, 1981 on Catalina Island, California, where 43-year-old Natalie Wood (Justine Waddell) falls off her boat called 'Splendour' and drowns. Years earlier, in 1943, in Santa Rosa, California, 5-year-old Natasha (Grace Fulton) grows up in a violent household with an overbearing mother, Maria Gurdin (Alice Krige), who goes to extremes to make her daughter a star. When one day a film is shot in town, Maria arranges a role for Natasha, and kills a butterfly in order to get her to cry in front of the camera, which is required. Her crying impresses the director, Irving Pichel (John Noble), and a year later she reluctantly moves to Hollywood to focus on her career, with her mother standing by her at every step, and with a new name: Natalie Wood. By 1946, Natalie is working on three films at a time, and is not allowed to enjoy any spare time with her friends. Three years later, now a teenager (Elizabeth Rice), she can do nothing as her older sister Olga (Leanne Simic) leaves the home because she feels neglected by her mother. Around this time, she is working on the set of The Green Promise one day, when an accident causes her to break her wrist. Fearing that her daughter will not get any roles if she has it treated, Maria dismisses any medical help, and Natalie's wrist does not heal properly as a result.
The Majestic, 2h32
Directed by Frank Darabont
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romance
Themes Films about writers, Medical-themed films, Films about psychiatry, Films about disabilities, Political films
Actors Jim Carrey, Laurie Holden, Martin Landau, Hal Holbrook, David Ogden Stiers, James Whitmore
Roles Studio Executive (voice)
Rating68% 3.449273.449273.449273.449273.44927
In 1951 in the midst of the Second Red Scare, Peter Appleton is an up-and-coming young screenwriter in Hollywood. He learns from studio lawyer Leo Kubelsky and his own attorney Kevin Bannerman that he has been accused of being communist because he attended an antiwar meeting in college years before, a meeting he claims he only attended to impress a girl. In an instant, his new film "Ashes to Ashes" is pushed back for a few months, the credit is given to someone else, his movie star girlfriend Sandra Sinclair leaves him, and his contract with the studio is dropped. Peter gets drunk and goes for a drive, where he accidentally drives his car off a bridge to avoid an opossum.
Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures, 2h22
Origin USA
Genres Documentary
Themes Films about films, Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the film industry, Documentaire sur une personnalité
Actors Stanley Kubrick, Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Alexander Singer, Paul Mazursky, Christiane Kubrick
Roles Self
Rating79% 3.994333.994333.994333.994333.99433
Un documentaire sur l'univers mystérieux d'un des génies du septième art avec en voix off Tom Cruise. Inspiré des archives de la famille Kubrick, ce long métrage dresse le portrait intimiste d'une figure de légende à travers des images fascinantes (Stanley Kubrick à ses débuts, sur les plateaux de tournage et dans la vie privée) et commentées par ses collaborateurs, collègues et amis. Depuis ses choix musicaux jusqu'à ses angles de caméra en passant par ses projets restés inachevés, il s'agit d'un document essentiel à la compréhension de l'homme et de ses oeuvres.
Big Shot's Funeral, 1h40
Directed by Feng Xiaogang
Genres Drama, Comedy
Actors Rosamund Kwan, Donald Sutherland, Paul Mazursky, Fu Biao
Roles Studio boss
Rating66% 3.3448953.3448953.3448953.3448953.344895
World-renowned American film director Rob Tyler (played by Donald Sutherland) is shooting a remake of The Last Emperor in the Forbidden City, Beijing. The director's assistant Lucy, a Chinese American (Rosamund Kwan), hires a Beijing cameraman named YoYo (Ge You) to shoot a "making of" documentary. The director discovers he has ailing health and is booted by the film's producer from the shoot. After witnessing a Chinese funeral for the elderly, Tyler tells YoYo he wants to have a similar "comedy funeral". Soon afterwards the American director falls into a coma. YoYo is officially allowed to plan Tyler's funeral and he enlists the help of a businessman friend to attract as many sponsors as the funeral process would permit.
Crazy in Alabama, 1h51
Directed by Antonio Banderas
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes Films about racism
Actors Melanie Griffith, David Morse, Lucas Black, Cathy Moriarty, Meat Loaf, Rod Steiger
Roles Walter Schwegmann
Rating61% 3.0987353.0987353.0987353.0987353.098735
In 1965, Peter Joseph "Peejoe" Bullis lives in a small town in Alabama during the height of the Civil Rights Movement. He becomes involved with a group of black students protesting the town's racially segregated municipal swimming pool, leading to a protest that explodes into deadly violence. A young black boy, Taylor Jackson, is killed by the town sheriff. Peejoe, the only witness, is pressured by the sheriff to keep it quiet. However, Peejoe has learned from the example of his free-spirited Aunt Lucille Vinson, who has killed her abusive husband and is headed for Hollywood, where she is convinced that television stardom awaits her.
Antz (1998)
, 1h23
Directed by Eric Darnell, Tim Johnson
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Film d'animation mettant en scène un animal, Films about insects, Children's films
Actors Woody Allen, Sharon Stone, Gene Hackman, Sylvester Stallone, Jennifer Lopez, Christopher Walken
Roles Psychologist (voice)
Rating64% 3.245523.245523.245523.245523.24552
The setting for the story is an ant colony in Central Park in New York City. The protagonist is Z-4195 (Woody Allen), or "Z" for short, a neurotic and pessimistic worker ant living in a wholly totalitarian society who longs for the opportunity to truly express himself. His friends include fellow worker Azteca (Jennifer Lopez) and a soldier ant, Weaver (Sylvester Stallone). Z meets Princess Bala (Sharon Stone) at a bar where she goes to escape from her suffocating royal life and falls in love with her.