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Down and Out in Beverly Hills Director Paul Mazursky Dies at 84

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Whether or not all you young whipper-snappers know it now, Paul Mazursky was a seminal director in the 70’s and 80’s. Having made many films, with his Harry and Tonto movie getting him on that map.  He mostly made movies that were a funny mix of humor yet poignant messaging throughout  Sadly, Mazursky passed away at 84 years old, leaving behind those films as a legacy. A surreal legacy, to say the least.

Bob, Carol, Ted and Alice is another very well known film by him, but you can look that one up on your own.  What set him part is his films were very much a time capsule of a time period. The movie I just mentioned would no place on screen now, but was a huge product of the seventies and the lifestyle people led in the seventies. Young people may not be aware of him, but in his prime, he was nominated for five academy awards and had quite an impact on cinema. He was also highly respected which led to him to doing some acting in some other director’s films, such as Stanley Kubrick’s first ever movie, Fear and Desire.

84 is a pretty good run, though. With the cinematic legacy he left behind, this loss will be felt for years to come, yet his work will live on forever.

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