An Evening With Paul Mazursky (feat. "Alex In Wonderland")

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Few filmmakers working in the pop Hollywood idiom were able to sublimely capture the electric nature of the zeitgeist as many times throughout their brilliant career as tonight’s guest of honor, writer/director Paul Mazursky. Starting in the colorful ‘60s with his screenplay for the Peter Sellers LSD comedy I Love You, Alice B. Toklas and his debut directorial feature Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, continuing through the ‘70s with Blume In Love, Harry and Tonto and An Unmarried Woman, into the ‘80s and beyond with films like Down and Out In Beverly Hills, Mazursky perfected the form of the dramatic comedy, earning five Oscar nominations along the way. Even more amazing still, Paul was able to craft commercial and critical successes that simultaneously addressed the most modern of subjects, and retained a timelessness that makes them just as fresh now as they have ever been. Join screenwriter Larry Karaszewski (Ed Wood, The People vs. Larry Flynt, the forthcoming Big Eyes) as he welcomes Paul to the Cinefamily stage, for an unforgettable evening of big-screen memories — plus, a screening of his autobiographical 1970 film Alex In Wonderland!

ALEX IN WONDERLAND – approx. 9:00pm
After scoring a major success with his debut feature Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, Paul Mazursky dipped into the tried-and-true “write what you know” well, added an extra exciting layer of Fellini-inspired whimsical invention, and emerged with Alex In Wonderland: a dead-on satire of the burgeoning New Hollywood, and of what it’s like for an up-and-coming hot director struggling to find his vaunted second project. Donald Sutherland, fresh off his starring turn in that same year in Altman’s M.A.S.H., is the film’s fictional Mazursky stand-in. As he wanders L.A. looking for inspiration, he runs into Jeanne Moreau and Federico Fellini (playing themselves, in a proto version of the now-commonplace filmic practice of celebrity self-reference), and often trips out in a brand of fanciful flight that will tickle the pleasure center of any Seventies fanatic. A severely underscreened flick, and one of Mazursky’s favorites from his own rad filmography!
Alex In Wonderland Dir. Paul Mazursky, 1970, digital presentation, 110 min.

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