Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is a 1969 American Western film directed by George Roy Hill and written by William Goldman. The pair and Sundances lover, Etta Place, flee to Bolivia in search of a successful criminal career. In 2003, the film was selected for the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being culturally, the American Film Institute ranked Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid as the 49th-greatest American film on its 100 Years.100 Movies list. In late 1890s Wyoming, Butch Cassidy is the affable and his closest companion is the laconic dead-shot Sundance Kid. The two return to their hideout at Hole-in-the-Wall to discover that the rest of the gang, irked at Butchs long absences, have selected Harvey Logan as their new leader, Harvey challenges Butch to a knife fight over the gangs leadership. To celebrate and Sundance visit a brothel in a nearby town and watch, amused. They visit Sundances lover, schoolteacher Etta Place, on the second train robbery, Butch uses too much dynamite to blow open the safe, blowing up the baggage car.
Butch and Sundance finally elude their pursuers by jumping from a cliff into a river far below and they learn from Etta that the posse has been paid by Union Pacific head E. H. Harriman to remain on their trail until Butch and Sundance are both killed. Butch convinces Sundance and Etta that the three should escape to Bolivia, which Butch envisions as a robbers paradise, on their arrival there, Sundance is dismayed by the living conditions and regards the country with contempt, but Butch remains optimistic. They discover that they know too little Spanish to pull off a bank robbery, with her as an accomplice, they become successful bank robbers known as Los Bandidos Yanquis. However, their confidence drops when they see a man wearing a white hat, Butch suggests going straight, and he and Sundance land their first honest job as payroll guards for a mining company. However, they are ambushed by bandits on their first run and their boss. Butch and Sundance ambush and kill the bandits, the first time Butch has ever shot someone, Etta recommends farming or ranching as other lines of work, but they conclude the straight life isnt for them.
Sensing they will be killed if they return to robbery, Etta decides to go back to the United States and Sundance steal a payroll and the mules carrying it, and arrive in a small town. A boy recognizes the brand and alerts the local police. They take cover in a building but are both wounded, after Butch makes a futile attempt to run to the mules in order to bring more ammunition. As dozens of Bolivian soldiers surround the area, Butch suggests the next destination should be Australia. The film ends with a freeze frame shot on the pair charging out of the building, guns blazing, William Goldman first came across the story of Butch Cassidy in the late 1950s and researched it on and off for eight years before sitting down to write the screenplay
Robert Pickering Bo Burnham is an American comedian, singer, rapper and poet. He began his career as a YouTuber on the website YouTube in March 2006. Burnham signed a record deal with Comedy Central Records and released his debut EP, Bo Fo Sho. His first full-length album, Bo Burnham, was released the following year, in 2010, Burnhams second album was released, and Words Words Words, his first live comedy special, aired on Comedy Central. His third album and second special, what. Were released in 2013 on his YouTube channel and Netflix, Burnham finished first overall in voting in 2011s Comedy Central Stand-up Showdown. His third stand-up comedy special, Make Happy, was released exclusively on Netflix on June 3,2016, Burnham was born in Hamilton, the youngest of three children of Scott Burnham, a construction company owner, and Patricia, a nurse at Burnhams school. He graduated from St. Johns Preparatory School in the spring of 2008, where he was on the roll and involved in theatre. He was admitted to New York Universitys Tisch School of the Arts to study Experimental Theatre, in 2006, Burnham videotaped himself performing two songs and posted them on YouTube to share with his family.
They became a sensation when they were copied to Break. com. Accompanying himself on guitar or digital piano, Burnham continued to release self-described pubescent musical comedy songs, all of Burnhams home-released videos were self-recorded in and around his familys home in Hamilton, most in his bedroom, and had an intentional do-it-yourself, almost like voyeurism. Burnhams music and performances tackle such subjects as race, human sexuality, Burnham describes his on-stage persona as a more arrogant, stuck-up version himself. When speaking with The Detroit News about his rapping, he expressed his intent to honor and respect the perspective and culture of hip-hop music. Represented by Douglas Edley, Burnham recorded a performance in London for Comedy Centrals The World Stands Up in January 2008, Comedy Central Records released Burnhams first EP, the six-song Bo Fo Sho, as an online release-only album on June 17,2008. Burnhams first full album, the self-titled Bo Burnham, was released on March 10,2009, in August 2010, Burnham was nominated for Best Comedy Show at the 2010 Edinburgh Comedy Awards after his inaugural performance.
He instead received the Panel Prize, a £5,000 prize for the show or act who has most captured the spirit of the 2010 Fringe. Burnhams first experience with controversy regarding his music came on March 3,2009, of the controversy, he said, Its so ironic because gay bashers were the ones labeling me in high school I try and write satire thats well-intentioned. But those intentions have to be hidden and it cant be completely clear and thats what makes it comedy
Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice
The cinematography for the film was by Charles Lang. The film received four Academy Award nominations, including ones for Gould, after a weekend of emotional honesty at an Esalen-style retreat, Los Angeles sophisticates Bob and Carol Sanders return to their life determined to embrace complete openness. They share their enthusiasm and excitement over their new-found philosophy with their conservative friends Ted and Alice Henderson. Soon after, Bob, a filmmaker, has an affair with a young and he admits this to Carol after arriving home, describing the event as a purely physical act, not an emotional one. To Bobs surprise, Carol is completely accepting of this, Carol gleefully reveals the affair to Ted and Alice as they are leaving a dinner party. Alice is particularly disturbed both by Bobs infidelity, as well as Carols candor, becoming ill on the drive home. She and Ted have a hard time coping with the news in bed that evening, however, as time passes, they grow to accept that Bob and Carol really are fine with the affair.
Later, Ted admits to Bob that he was tempted to have an affair once, during another visit to San Francisco, Bob decides to skip a second encounter with the blonde woman, and instead returns home a day earlier than expected. When he arrives, he finds that Carol is having an affair of her own, although initially outraged, Bob quickly realizes that, like his own affair, the encounter was purely physical. Bob settles down, and even shares a drink and conversation with the tennis instructor, when the two couples travel together to Las Vegas and Carol reveal Carols affair to Ted and Alice. Ted admits to an affair on a recent business trip to Miami, an outraged Alice demands that this new ethos be taken to its obvious conclusion, a mate-sharing foursome. Ted is reluctant, explaining that he loves Carol like a sister, after discussing it, all four remove their clothes and climb into bed together. Swapping partners and Alice kiss fervently, as do Ted and Carol, after a few moments, the scene cuts to the couples walking to the elevator, riding it down, and walking out of the casino hand-in-hand with their original partners.
Over this final scene, the theme song reminds the viewer that what the world needs now is love. As Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice look into each partners eyes, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice became the signature film for Paul Mazursky and was a critical and commercial success. It was the fifth highest-grossing film of 1969, after this films release, it led to other movies dealing with wife swapping and other types of experimentation with interpersonal relationships inside American society. Mazursky himself would do a few stories set in California, including Alex in Wonderland and Down. Writing in The New Yorker the film critic Pauline Kael praised both the film and director Mazursky, calling it a slick, whorey movie, and the liveliest American comedy so far this year
Dog Day Afternoon
Dog Day Afternoon is a 1975 American crime drama film directed by Sidney Lumet, written by Frank Pierson and produced by Martin Bregman and Martin Elfand. The film stars Al Pacino, John Cazale, Charles Durning, Chris Sarandon, Penelope Allen, James Broderick, Lance Henriksen, the title refers to the sultry dog days of summer. The film was inspired by P. F. Kluges article The Boys in the Bank and this article was published in Life in 1972. The film received acclaim upon its September 1975 release by Warner Bros. some of which referred to its anti-establishment tone. Dog Day Afternoon was nominated for several Academy Awards and Golden Globe awards, in 2009, the film was deemed culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant by the Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. On August 22,1972, first-time crook Sonny Wortzik, his friend Salvatore Sal Naturale, the plan immediately goes awry when Stevie loses his nerve shortly after Sal pulls out his gun, and Sonny is forced to let him flee the scene.
In the vault, Sonny discovers that he and Sal have arrived after the daily cash pickup, to compensate, Sonny takes a number of travelers cheques. Within minutes, the building is surrounded by the police, unsure of what to do, the two robbers camp out in the bank, holding all the workers hostage. Police Detective Sergeant Eugene Moretti calls the bank to tell Sonny that the police have arrived, Sonny warns that he and Sal have hostages and will kill them if anyone tries coming into the bank. Sal tells Sonny that he is ready to kill the hostages if necessary, Detective Moretti acts as hostage negotiator, while FBI Agent Sheldon monitors his actions. Howard Calvin, the security guard, has an asthma attack, Moretti convinces Sonny to step outside the bank to see how aggressive the police forces are. Using head teller Sylvia The Mouth as a shield, Sonny exits the bank, Attica. and the civilian crowd starts cheering for Sonny. After realizing they cannot make a getaway, Sonny demands that a helicopter be landed on the roof to fly him.
When they are informed that the roof of the bank will not support a helicopter, Sonny demands that a vehicle drive him. He demands pizzas for the hostages and that his wife be brought to the bank, as night sets in, the lights in the bank all shut off. Sonny goes outside again and discovers that Agent Sheldon has taken command of the scene and he refuses to give Sonny any more favors, but when the bank manager, goes into a diabetic shock, Agent Sheldon lets a doctor through. While the doctor is inside the bank, Sheldon convinces Leon to talk to Sonny on the phone, the two have a lengthy conversation that reveals Leon had attempted suicide to get away from Sonny. She had been hospitalized at the ward of Bellevue Hospital until the police brought her to the scene
Arthur Laurents was an American playwright, stage director and screenwriter. His early film scripts include Rope for Alfred Hitchcock, followed by Anastasia, Bonjour Tristesse, The Way We Were, born Arthur Levine, Laurents was the son of middle-class Jewish parents, a lawyer and a schoolteacher who gave up her career when she married. He was born and raised in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, a borough of New York City, New York and his sister Edith suffered from chorea as a child. His paternal grandparents were Orthodox Jews, and his mothers parents and his mother kept a kosher home for her husbands sake, but was lax about attending synagogue and observing the Jewish holidays. His Bar Mitzvah marked the end of Laurentss religious education and the beginning of his rejection of all fundamentalist religions, late in life he admitted to having changed his last name from Levine to the less Jewish-sounding Laurents, to get a job. After graduating from Cornell University, Laurents took a class in radio writing at New York University.
It was Laurents first professional credit, the shows success led to him being hired to write scripts for various radio shows, among them Lux Radio Theater. Laurents career was interrupted when he was drafted into the U. S. Army in the middle of World War II and he was reassigned to write plays for Armed Service Force Presents, a radio show that dramatized the contributions of all branches of the armed forces. According to John Clum, Laurents was always a mirror of his times, through his best work, one sees a staged history of leftist and gay politics in the decades after World War II. After graduating from Cornell University in 1937, Laurents went to work as a writer for drama at CBS in New York. Laurents’s work in radio and film during World War II was an excellent apprenticeship for a budding playwright and he had the good fortune to be based in New York City. His first stage play, Home of the Brave, was produced in 1945, the sale of the play to a film studio gave Laurents the entrée he needed to become a Hollywood screenwriter though he continued, with mixed success, to write plays.
The most important of his early screenplays is his adaptation of Rope for Alfred Hitchcock, soon after being discharged from the Army, Laurents met ballerina Nora Kaye, and the two became involved in an on-again, off-again romantic relationship. While Kaye was on tour with Fancy Free, Laurents continued to write for the radio but was becoming discontented with the medium. His next project was the stage musical Anyone Can Whistle, which he directed and for which he wrote the book and he had success with the musicals Hallelujah, Baby. and La Cage Aux Folles, which he directed, but Nick & Nora was another flop. While preparing West Side Story, he noted, The musical theatre, the production is on a national tour with direction by David Saint, who was Laurents assistant director on the Broadway production. The Spanish lyrics and dialog have been reduced from about 18% of the total to about 10%, Laurents first Hollywood experience proved to be a frustrating disappointment. Unhappy with the script for The Snake Pit, submitted by Frank Partos and Millen Brand and Brand insisted the bulk of the shooting script was theirs, and produced carbon copies of many of the pages Laurents actually had written to bolster their claim
Henry Warren Beatty, better known as Warren Beatty, is an American actor and filmmaker. In 1999, he was awarded the Academys highest honor, the Irving G. Thalberg Award, Beatty has been nominated for eighteen Golden Globe Awards, winning six, including the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award, which he was honored with in 2007, among his Golden Globe-nominated films are Splendor in the Grass, his screen debut, and Bonnie and Clyde, Dick Tracy, Bugsy and Rules Dont Apply, all of which he produced. Arthur Penn, who directed Bonnie and Clyde, described Beatty as the producer, adding. Warren stays with a picture editing and scoring. He plain works harder than anyone else I have ever seen, Henry Warren Beaty was born in Richmond, Virginia. His mother, Kathlyn Corinne, was Canadian and a teacher from Nova Scotia and his father, Ira Owens Beaty, had a PhD in educational psychology and worked as a public school administrator, in addition to dealing in real estate. In 1945, the family moved from Richmond to Arlington, during the 1950s, the family resided in the Dominion Hills section of Arlington.
Beattys elder sister is the actress and writer Shirley MacLaine and his uncle, by marriage, was Canadian politician A. A. MacLeod. Beatty became interested in movies before his teens, when he accompanied his sister to theaters. One film that had an important early influence on him was The Philadelphia Story and he noticed a strong resemblance between its star, Katharine Hepburn, and his mother, in both appearance and personality, saying that they symbolized perpetual integrity. Another film that had an impact on him was Love Affair and he found it deeply moving, and recalls that This is a movie I always wanted to make. He did remake Love Affair in 1994, in which he starred alongside Annette Bening, among his favorite TV shows in the 1950s was the Texaco Star Theatre, and he began to mimic one if its regular host comedians, Milton Berle. Beatty learned to do an imitation of Berle and his routine, said a friend. His sister saw Beatty close off emotionally from his father, among her lasting memories of her brother during this period was seeing him withdrawn and spending time alone reading books by Eugene ONeill or singing along to Al Jolson records.
In Rules Dont Apply, Beatty plays Howard Hughes, who is talking about. He has to have control over everything, and I used to say that I supposed I did. Beatty was a football player at Washington-Lee High School in Arlington
The China Syndrome
The China Syndrome is a 1979 American thriller film directed by James Bridges and written by Bridges, Mike Gray, and T. S. Cook. It tells the story of a reporter and her cameraman who discover safety coverups at a nuclear power plant. It stars Jane Fonda, Jack Lemmon, and Michael Douglas, the cast features Scott Brady, James Hampton, Peter Donat, Richard Herd, and Wilford Brimley. It was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration and Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen. It was nominated for the Palme dOr at the 1979 Cannes Film Festival, the films script won the 1980 Writers Guild of America award. Coincidentally, in one scene, physicist Dr. Elliott Lowell says that the China Syndrome would render an area the size of Pennsylvania permanently uninhabitable, shift Supervisor Jack Godell notices an unusual vibration while grabbing his cup of coffee which he had set down. He finds that a gauge is misreading and that the coolant is dangerously low, the crew manages to bring the reactor under control and can be seen celebrating and expressing relief.
Richard surreptitiously films the incident, despite being requested to not film the control room for security purposes, kimberlys superior at work refuses to permit her to report what happened or show the film, disgusting Richard, who steals the footage. During an inspection of the plant before it is back online. Godell pushes to delay restarting the plant, but the plant superintendent denies his request and he believes that the plant is unsafe and could be severely damaged if another full-power SCRAM occurs. He tries to bring the evidence to plant manager Herman DeYoung, Royce, an employee of Foster-Sullivan, the construction company who built the plant, as it was Royce who signed off on the welding radiographs. Godell threatens to go to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, but Royce threatens him, Kimberly defies her bosses, determined to pursue the truth. She and Richard confront Godell at his home with what they know and Richard ask if he will testify at the NRC hearings, being held at Point Conception, where Foster-Sullivan is looking to build another nuclear plant.
Godell agrees to obtain for them, through Hector, a set of the false radiographs to take to the hearings, hectors car is run off the road and the radiographs are taken from him. Godell leaves for the hearings but is chased by the goons waiting outside his home and he escapes by taking refuge inside the plant. To his dismay, Godell finds that the reactor is being brought up to full power and he grabs a gun from a security guard and forces everyone out, including his friend and co-worker Ted Spindler. Godell demands to be interviewed on television by Kimberly. Plant management agrees to the interview, but only to buy time as they try to control of the plant
Robert Towne is an American screenwriter, producer and actor. He was part of the New Hollywood wave of filmmaking and he is best-known for his Academy Award-winning original screenplay for Roman Polanskis Chinatown, which is widely considered one of the greatest screenplays ever written. He wrote its sequel The Two Jakes in 1990, and wrote the Hal Ashby comedy-dramas The Last Detail, and Shampoo, as well as the first two Mission Impossible films. Towne has directed films such as the sports dramas Personal Best, and Without Limits, the crime thriller Tequila Sunrise. After working for years on a script of Greystoke, The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes, he grew dissatisfied with the production and credited his dog, vazak became the first dog nominated for an Oscar for screenwriting, but he did not fetch the award. Towne co-wrote the film 8 Million Ways to Die using the alias David Lee Henry, Towne wrote and directed Personal Best, a fictional drama of female track-and-field athletes, and Without Limits, a biopic based on the life of distance runner Steve Prefontaine.
His crime story Tequila Sunrise co-starred Mel Gibson as a cocaine dealer and Kurt Russell as a detective. Towne told The New York Times that Tequila Sunrise is a movie about the use and abuse of friendship, Towne had found the novel while researching Chinatown, looking for material that would honestly describe that particular era of Los Angeles. He became so entranced by the book that he arranged to meet with its author—himself a screenwriter—in person, I was an unknown, Towne said. I hadnt written anything of note, but Fante greeted the young fan with accusations like What makes you think youre any kind of judge of my work. Ask the Dust received mixed reviews and failed at the box office, the film was entered into the 28th Moscow International Film Festival. Towne has framed several of his films as elaborate melodramas. He told The New York Times I think melodrama is always a splendid occasion to entertain an audience and say things you want to say without rubbing their noses in it, he says.
With melodrama, as in dreams, youre always flirting with the disparity between appearance and reality, which is a deal of fun. And thats not unrelated to my perception of my working in Hollywood. In 2006, Towne was the subject of artist Sarah Morriss film, Morris describes him as an “elliptical figure” whose career exemplifies a certain characteristic mode of working in the film industry, marked by collaboration, shared or changing roles. Morriss 19, 744-square-foot painting installation in the lobby of the Lever House in Manhattan, Robert Towne expressed his disappointment in The Two Jakes in many interviews. But, we’re all still friends, and that’s what matters most, in a November 5,2007 interview with MTV, Jack Nicholson claimed that Towne had written the part of Gittes specifically for him
Robert Bo Goldman is an American writer, Broadway playwright and screenwriter. To date, he has received two Academy Awards out of three nominations, Goldman was born in New York City, the son of Lillian, a hat model, and Julian Goldman. Goldmans father was a Broadway producer, and owned a chain of well known department stores called The Goldman Stores. Franklin Delano Roosevelt was a friend and his attorney. Goldman Store ads typically featured men in suits and fashionably dressed women in furs. While this was an old strategy for appealing to those with dreams of upper-class status and he makes only $3,000 a year, blazoned one Goldman ad, But is worth $112,290. Julian loved the theatre, and was an angel or backer and his young son, Robert Bo, accompanied Julian to an average of two shows a week. This influenced what the boy would choose to do in life, in 1939 Julian was looking for a school where he could send his son. Eleanor Roosevelt admired the work of Helen Parkhurst and was in the midst of expanding the population, Julian Goldman became an early backer, and it was this school where Bo would begin his education.
He followed this by skipping his last year at Dalton in favor of fast tracking through Exeter, NH, an experience that informed a script he would write years later, Scent of a Woman. Goldman is not related to William Goldman, another two-time-Oscar-winning screenwriter who won the Academy Award for All The Presidents Men the year after Bo won for One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest. He attended Princeton University where he wrote, composed the lyrics and was president of the famed Princeton Triangle Club and his 1953 production, Ham n Legs, was presented on The Ed Sullivan Show – the first Triangle production ever to appear on National Television. After leaving the service Goldman headed straight to Broadway and became the lyricist for First Impressions, produced by composer Jule Styne, directed by Abe Burrows, and starring Hermione Gingold, Polly Bergen and Farley Granger, the play received decent notices but had a very short run. Just 25 years old, Goldman wasnt the least bit discouraged, however, it was not meant to be.
He would spend the few years trying to get his second show. Now married, and with 4 small children at home, he found a steady income working in the new world of live television at CBS. Goldman went on to produce and write for public television on the award-winning NET Playhouse. After working together at NET Burt Lancaster encouraged Goldman to try his hand at screenwriting, the script became Goldmans calling card, and he would soon be known for some of the best screenplays of the 1970s and 80s
Annie Hall is a 1977 American romantic comedy film directed by Woody Allen from a screenplay he co-wrote with Marshall Brickman. Produced by Allens manager, Charles H, principal photography for the film began on May 19,1976 on the South Fork of Long Island, and filming continued periodically for the next ten months. Annie Hall was screened at the Los Angeles Film Festival in March 1977, the film received widespread critical acclaim, and along with winning the Academy Award for Best Picture, it received Oscars in three other categories, two for Allen, and Keaton for Best Actress. The film additionally won four BAFTA awards and a Golden Globe and its North American box office receipts of $38,251,425 are fourth-best of Allens works when not adjusted for inflation. Film critic Roger Ebert called it just about everyones favorite Woody Allen movie, the films screenplay was named the funniest ever written by the Writers Guild of America in its list of the 101 Funniest Screenplays. The comedian Alvy Singer is trying to understand why his relationship with Annie Hall ended a year ago, growing up in New York, he vexed his mother with impossible questions about the emptiness of existence, but he was precocious about his innocent sexual curiosity.
That night, Annie shows no interest in sex with Alvy, they discuss his first wife, whose ardor gave him no pleasure. His second marriage was to a New York writer who didnt like sports and was unable to reach orgasm, the two of them have fun making a meal of boiled lobster together. He teases her about the men in her past. He met her playing tennis doubles with friends, following the game, awkward small talk led her to offer him first a ride up town and a glass of wine on her balcony. There, what seemed a mild exchange of personal data is revealed in mental subtitles as an escalating flirtation. Their first date follows Annies singing audition for a night club and he suggests they kiss first, to get it out of the way. After their lovemaking that night, Alvy is a wreck, while she relaxes with a joint, soon Annie admits she loves him, while he buys her books on death and says that his feelings for her are more than just love. When she moves in with him, things become very tense, eventually, he finds her arm in arm with one of her college professors and the two begin to argue whether this is the flexibility they had discussed.
Alvy returns to dating, but the effort is marred by neurosis, bad sex, and finally an interruption from Annie and it turns out she needs him to kill a spider. A reconciliation follows, coupled with a vow to stay together come what may, their separate discussions with their therapists make it evident there is an unspoken divide. When Alvy accepts an offer to present an award on television, they fly out to Los Angeles, with Alvys friend, however, on the return trip, they agree that their relationship is not working. After losing her to her producer, Tony Lacey, he unsuccessfully tries rekindling the flame with a marriage proposal
Irwin Lawrence Paul Mazursky was an American film director and actor. Other films written and directed by Mazursky include Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, Blume in Love and Tonto, Moscow on the Hudson, and Down and Out in Beverly Hills. He was born in to a Jewish family in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Jean, a player for dance classes, and David Mazursky. Mazurskys grandfather was an immigrant from Ukraine, although his surname implies Masurian ancestry, Mazursky graduated from Brooklyn College in 1951. Mazursky was married to Betsy Mazursky from 1953 until his death, Mazursky began his film career as an actor in Stanley Kubricks first feature and Desire. Kubrick asked for verification of his name for the credits and at that point he decided on a change to Paul. Two years he appeared in a position as one of a classroom of teenagers with issues towards authority in The Blackboard Jungle. His acting career continued for decades, starting with parts in episodes of television series such as The Twilight Zone.
Mazursky appeared in supporting roles or cameos in most of his own films and he performed the voice of the Psychologist in Antz. In years, Mazursky had a part as Sunshine the poker dealer in The Sopranos. He appeared in five episodes of season 4 of Curb Your Enthusiasm as Mel Brooks associate Norm, soon after starting his acting career, Mazursky became a writer and worked on The Danny Kaye Show in 1963. In 1965, he collaborated with Larry Tucker in crafting the script of the pilot of The Monkees television series. Mazurskys debut as a screenplay writer was the Peter Sellers comedy I Love You. The following year he directed his first film Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, the film was the fifth highest grossing of the year and earned Mazursky his first Oscar nomination. His career behind the camera continued for the two decades as he wrote and directed a prolific string of quirky and critically popular films. Film critic Roger Ebert was a fan of Mazurskys work. In 1986, Ebert stated that Mazursky has a way of making comedies that are intelligent and relevant than most of the serious films around.
Mazursky experienced less success in the 1990s, beginning with Scenes from a Mall, starring Woody Allen and Bette Midler