Paul Mazursky 1930-2014

Oscar-nominated writer-director Paul Mazursky died today at age 84. He was responsible for an acclaimed filmography of 1970's and 80's films that garnered him the label of a "West Coast Woody Allen." His most notable movies were Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969), Harry and Tonto (1974), Next Stop, Greenwich Village (1976), An Unmarried Woman (1978, nominated for Best Picture), Moscow on the Hudson (1984), Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986) and Enemies, A Love Story (1989, my favorite). His four Oscar nominations for writing were for Bob & Carol, Harry and Tonto, An Unmarried Woman and Enemies. From 2011 until his death he served as a film critic for Vanity Fair.

Jill Clayburgh was nominated for Best Actress for An Unmarried Woman in 1978, one of the movies that heralded the women's movement of the 70's and 80s. Here's the original trailer:

And here's the one for Harry and Tonto, a sweet road movie that won The Honeymooners' Art Carney a Best Actor Oscar in 1974: