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Paul Mazursky made incisive, edgy comedies without a mean streak
Paul Mazursky made incisive, edgy comedies without a mean streak

It's hard not to take the death of Paul Mazursky personally. When Jill Clayburgh's character was unceremoniously uncoupled in Paul Mazursky's "An Unmarried Woman" in 1978, a generation of American women were right there with her, rocked by the realities of being replaced by a trophy wife. Her issues were their issues, from rage to sexual liberation, feeling the bile rise in the back of a throat, cheering a choice to stand alone rather than commit to an eligible man. A decade later, in the heart of the go-go 1980s, Mazursky perched Nick Nolte's homeless guy on the edge of suicide and a Beverly Hills pool in "Down and Out in Beverly Hills." Liberal...

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