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  • Last Year in Malibu (1961) Review

    Last Year at Malibu (1962) Short Runtime: 12 minutes/Country: USA/Language: English Some think that Last Year in Malibu is a takeoff or at least a parody of 1961’s Alain Resnais’ film Last Year at Marienbad. It’s not exceptional given Mazursky’s later references to other, especially European movies. For instance, François Truffaut’s Jules and Jim (1962)…

  • Tempest (1982) Review

    As much as I love both Mazursky’s and Shakespeare’s body of work, Tempest did not make a cake. First of all, it was too long and Mazursky lacked the ability to throw out some of the unnecessary and simply boring scenes that did nothing to move the story forward. This nearly 2,5-hour rampage of lifeless…

  • Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986) Review

    Boudu is saved again! The 1932 Renoir’s Boudu Saved from Drowning is translated into American Culture by Paul Mazursky. Both movies are based on a play Boudu sauvé des Eaux written in 1919  by René Fauchois. The premise of the story is simple yet brilliant: a clochard misalliance with nouveau riche. At first, I was skeptical about the remake; Boudu Saved from Drowning…