Mazursky Interview
This is a Visual History Recording

Visual History with Paul Mazursky

Interviewed by: Jeremy Kagan

Paul Mazursky is a director, producer, writer, and actor. He studied acting in New York with Paul Mann and Lee Strasberg, starting his acting career in off-Broadway productions, then making his feature film debut in Stanley Kubrick's Fear and Desire (1953), followed by a role in Richard Brooks’ Blackboard Jungle (1955).

Director Paul Mazursky recalls freezing up on his first day on set of Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, and how veteran cinematographer Charles Lang helped him get through the shoot.

Mazursky explains how he protects actors even when they offer resistance to his direction.

Mazursky lists what he believes to be the essential qualities of a director.