End Credits #22: Cinema's 2014 Lost Treasures Steven H. Scheuer, Paul Mazursky
These are some of Cinema's sad departures of 2014 taken from my personal notes soon after the events took place:
Long before the internet came along, film lovers searched high and low for any information, feedback or opinion, anything we could find that would help us decide which movies to watch on television. Sadly and quietly, one of movie ratings' forefathers passed away a little over a month ago:
Steven H. Scheuer (January 9, 1926 – May 31, 2014) a prominent TV and film critic has died at age 88. He produced World: Comm and The Television Annual: 1978/1979 and was editor of Movies on TV, the first book of its kind (originally titled TV Movie Almanac and Ratings), published between 1958 and 1993. Scheuer's pocket reference guide was totally indispensable to film lovers and preceded Leonard Maltin's popular book by about a decade. Scheuer also wrote The Movie Book: A Comprehensive, Authoritative, Omnibus Volume on Motion Pictures and the Cinema World in 1974.
Paul Mazursky (April 25, 1930 - June 30, 2014), the immensely talented director and actor has died at age 84. His first directorial feature was Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice. He went on to direct Down and Out in Beverly Hills and the hidden gem Blume in Love, an insightful character study that managed to artfully balance compelling drama with graceful humour. He gave dedicated performances in many films such as Into the Night and popular television series' like The Sopranos and Curb Your Enthusiasm.