RIP Paul Mazursky

Paul Mazursky passed away July 1, 2014 of cardiac arrest at the age of 84. He directed John Cassavetes and Gena Rowlands in the 1982 film “Tempest.”

It could have been an interview in which all the proper questions were asked and all the proper answers given, and afterwards there would have been nothing. This way something was accomplished because there was no pretending. 

I mean, I can’t sit in a situation where I’m with a bunch of polite people talking bullshit. I just can’t. It’s not a question of wanting to or not wanting to. It makes me terribly uncomfortable, and I just can’t do it. I hate being nice. I’m not nice. It’s better to start out crude. It’s so much simpler. 

***John was referring to a different interview but he might as well have been talking about this Dick Cavett interview. 

In the end everyone can go with the knowledge that it can be done. Not so much that the film can be a great film or a bad film or a mediocre film. But the idea that it can happen, that people can go out with nothing and through their own will and through their determination make something out of nothing, out of nowhere, no technical know-how, no equipment. There wasn’t one technician on the entire film. There wasn’t anybody that knew how to run a camera. They walked in and started to read the directions of how to reload it, got a Movieola and looked at it, did all the things in the world and we made eight million mistakes but it was exciting and fun. John Cassavetes

Above: Opening Night (John Cassavetes, 1977)

Below: The King of Comedy (Martin Scorsese, 1982)

Gena Rowlands with her mother, Lady Rowlands (R) and mother-in-law, Katherine Cassavetes (L)

John Cassavetes and Peter Falk in Elaine May’s Mikey and Nicky

John Cassavetes