NEXT STOP, GREENWICH VILLAGE
1976, 20th Century Fox, 111 min, USA, Dir: Paul Mazursky

Writer-director Paul Mazursky takes a semi-autobiographical look at his days as an aspiring actor in 1950s New York in this engaging dramedy. Against the advice of his mother, fresh-faced Lenny Baker moves to Greenwich Village, where he falls in with a surrogate family of oddballs as he chases stardom. Along with such veteran performers as Shelley Winters, Lois Smith and Lou Jacobi, aspiring actor Bill Murray made his big screen debut in a brief, uncredited role here.


BOB & CAROL & TED & ALICE
1969, Sony Repertory, 105 min, USA, Dir: Paul Mazursky

A groundbreaking, hilarious and still-pointed satire of sexual hang-ups in America. "We came here for an orgy, didn't we?" says repressed housewife Dyan Cannon, just before she joins Natalie Wood and husbands Elliott Gould and Robert Culp in some classic, late-1960s wife-swapping, hot-tubbing action.


MOON OVER PARADOR
1988, Universal, 103 min, USA, Dir: Paul Mazursky

When a South American dictator dies, an actor with a strong resemblance to him is hired to take his place. The actor (a brilliant Richard Dreyfuss) isn't crazy about the gig, but when he gets a taste of power - and a look at the dictator's hot companion - he suddenly changes his tune. Raul Julia and Jonathan Winters provide support (with cameos from Dick Cavett, Sammy Davis Jr., and Charo!) in this typically hilarious piece of humanist satire from director Paul Mazursky.


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