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Program Notes: Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986)

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Students of French cinema will recognize Paul Mazursky's Down and Out in Beverly Hills as a remake of Jean Renoir’s Boudu Saved from Drowning. Both men exude an affection for their characters even as they examine their many foibles.

Program Notes: Raise the Titanic! (1980)

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Raise the Titanic! begins with a montage of photos of the ocean liner under construction and setting out on her doomed voyage. After that modest nod to reality, the film quickly turns into a sort of James Bond fantasy.

Program Notes: An Unmarried Woman (1978)

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Few films have a firmer grasp on a time or location than Paul Mazursky’s An Unmarried Woman (1978), a movie that captures not only the look of New York City in the late ‘70s, but the intellectual/emotional feel of the place.

Program Notes: The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964)

The Unsinkable Molly Brown movie poster

Margaret Brown had a colorful life before the Titanic, and a very full one after that notorious maritime disaster. But in the collective memory of popular culture she will always be the “unsinkable” Molly Brown.

Program Notes: Next Stop, Greenwich Village (1976)

Next Stop, Greenwich Village movie poster

Paul Mazursky says that all of his movies are autobiographical. But none are as specifically autobiographical as Next Stop, Greenwich Village (1976).

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