At age 80, Paul Mazursky hasn't directed a feature film since 1996. Yet the movies he made between 1969 and 1991 - a period book ended by the wife-swapping comedy Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969) and his last hit, Scenes from a Mall (1991) with Woody Allen and Bette Midler - showed Mazursky to be a cinematic original who with humor and insight chronicled our sexual and social behavior.
The free film series Paul Mazursky: Love and Laughter presents four of his films at 1:30 p.m. Saturdays throughout April in the Stanley H. Durwood Film Vault of the Central Library, 14 W. 10th.
Among Mazursky's many titles are Blume in Love (1973), Harry and Tonto (1974), Moscow on the Hudson (1984), and Moon Over Parador (1988). For this series the Library has chosen the following:
April 7: Next Stop, Greenwich Village (1976: R) - In 1953 a Brooklyn kid moves to Greenwich Village and is quickly sucked into a world of bohemian life and love. With Lenny Baker, Shelley Winters, Ellen Greene, and Christopher Walken.
April 14: An Unmarried Woman (1978: R) - Dumped by her husband, a Manhattan woman (Jill Clayburgh) goes looking for herself...and finds a British artist (Alan Bates). The film became a feminist landmark and made a star of Clayburgh.
April 21: Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986: R) - In this clever Americanization of the French classic Boudu Saved from Drowning, a bum (Nick Nolte) becomes guru to a shallow Beverly Hills family (Richard Dreyfuss, Bette Midler).
April 28: Scenes from a Mall (1991: R) - A comic spin on Ingmar Bergman's lacerating Scenes from a Marriage, this farce features Bette Midler and Woody Allen as a California couple preparing to celebrate their 16th anniversary with a shopping spree.