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  • Moscow on the Hudson (1984) Review

    A Russian guy walks into Bloomingdales in New York in the 80. to buy a pair of jeans and walks out with African-American pal, Italian girlfriend and Cuban lawyer (to paraphrase the movie’s poster). It is a premise to more than thirty years old still strikingly honest and complexed but a raw portrait of a…

  • An Unmarried Woman (1978) Review

    After a brilliant portrait and examination of the golden years, dealing with loss and battling the feeling of obsolesce in Harry and Tonto, Mazursky wrote and directed yet another thorough simulation of an experience. While Blume in Love examined a decaying marriage from the male point of view, An Unmarried Woman explores the spectrum of…

  • Next Stop, Greenwich Village (1976) Review

    Next Stop, Greenwich Village is definitely the most biographical movie Mazursky ever made: he produced it along with Tony Ray, directed it, written it and acted in. The film is set in the 50s in both Brooklyn and titular Greenwich Village, which once was a bohemian part of Manhattan. An aspiring actor Larry Lipinsky (played by…

  • Harry and Tonto (1974) Review

    There is something freeing in each and every one of the road movies. Many of them become instant cult films, like Easy Rider, Bonnie & Clyde, Vanishing Point, Thelma & Louise or more recent Mad Max to name a few. There is a joy of exploration, the element of surprise, a rapture of adventure. But there’s also something more sacred to be found…

  • Alex in Wonderland (1970) Review

    “It was only Paul Mazursky’s second movie and already he made his 8 1/2. This is a subgenre named after Federico Fellini’s movie about the creative crisis of an artist; other examples include Woody Allen’s Stardust Memories, Francois Truffaut’s Day for Night, John Cassavetes’ Love Streams, Robert Altman’s The Player, Orson Welles’ unfinished The Other Side of the Wind, and a…

  • Blume in Love (1973) Review

    Blume in Love is a detailed study of decaying marriage involving new found passion and self-awareness. It’s a love story for grown-ups or textbook what NOT to do. Stephen Blume (George Seagal) is caught cheating on his wife Nina (Susan Anspach) after 6 years of marriage. Despite being in love with her, he can’t resist sleeping with…

  • Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969) Review

    Mazursky’s brilliant first feature film, which he co-wrote and directed, earned 4 Oscar nominations and a global recognition for him as yet another prominent director of New Hollywood Era. Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice is a satire on the sexual revolution. It’s about 2 friendly couples: Bob & Carol Saunders and Ted &…

  • 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…