Starting out as an actor in such films as 1955’s “Blackboard Jungle,” Paul Mazursky turned to writing and directing in the 1960s, becoming one of the top filmmakers with his 1969 breakthrough, “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice.”
The American Cinematheque’s Aero Theatre is feting the Oscar-nominated Mazursky tonight and Friday. He’ll be on hand this evening for the screenings of his best work, 1978’s “An Unmarried Woman” and his underrated 1982 film “Tempest,” as well as Friday with the 40th-anniversary screening of “Bob,” and the heartwarming 1974 “Harry & Tonto,” starring Art Carney in his Oscar-winning performance. www.aerotheatre.com
UCLA Film & Television Archive explores “Beyond the Iron Curtain: Hungarian Cinema Observes the Fall of Communism,” beginning Friday at the Hammer Theatre with 1992’s “Sweet Emma, Dear Bobe,” directed by Istvan Szabo of “Mephisto” fame.
On tap for Saturday is the 2008 documentary “No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo and Vilmos,” a look at the two expatriate cinematographers who found fame in the U.S.: Laszlo Kovacs and Vilmos Zsigmond. Director James Chressanthis and Zsigmond will appear. Scheduled for Monday is 1996’s “Bolshe Vita.” www.cinema.ucla.edu.
Pusan Film Festival
Renowned Korean directors such as Park Chan-wook, Kim Jee-woon and Lee Doo-yong will be discussing their work at the inaugural Chapman University Pusan West Filmmaker Showcase this Friday through Sunday at the Marion Knott Studios at the Chapman campus in Orange. The three-day event will showcase contemporary and classic feature films as well as documentaries selected from the Pusan International Film Festival. www.pusanwest.com.
‘Angry Young Men’
The Getty Center’s “Four Angry Young Men” series continues at 4 p.m. Saturday with Lindsay Anderson’s gritty 1963 drama “This Sporting Life,” starring Richard Harris and Rachel Roberts in their Oscar-nominated turns. Following at 7 p.m. is Tony Richardson’s landmark 1962 drama “The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner,” starring the great Tom Courtenay. www.getty.edu/visit/events/angry_young_men.html.
Mark Vieira, author and expert on Irving G. Thalberg, will present a 40-minute lecture Sunday on the producer at the Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theatre, to be followed by screenings of two delicious pre-code films Thalberg produced in 1932: “Skyscraper Souls” and “Faithless.” www.egyptiantheatre.com.