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Jerry Schatzberg Biography

  • Profession: Director
  • Born: Jun 26, 1927
  • Died: Jan 1, 0001

Manhattan-born director Jerry Schatzberg left TV commercials and fashion photography for feature films at precisely the right time: after the freak success of 1969's [[Feature~V15197~Easy Rider~easyrider]], the studios were scrambling for "personal statement" directors who could relate to the younger, hipper filmgoers. Making his big-screen debut 1970's Puzzle of a Downward Child, the story of an unhappy fashion model, Schatzberg didn't score with the critics until his second picture: [[Feature~V105463~Panic in Needle Park~thepanicinneedlepark]] (1971), a bleak study of cocaine addiction starring [[Performer~P54596~Al Pacino~alpacino]]. Pacino costarred with [[Performer~P29486~Gene Hackman~genehackman]] in Schatzberg's next film, [[Feature~V43071~Scarecrow~scarecrow]] (1973), which in in many ways is an apotheosis of '70s alienation and confusion. Perhaps significantly, Schatzberg's critical following in the US rose and fell with the '70s; after 1979's [[Feature~V43599~Seduction of Joe Tynan~theseductionofjoetynan]], the trend in Hollywood shifted from small, introspective films to the Spielberg/Lucas blockbuster mentality. But Jerry Schatzberg never lost his European devotees, as witness the international success of 1989's [[Feature~V41149~Reunion~reunion]]. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi