Harry Hurwitz

Highest Rated: 67% The Miracle (1991)
Birthday: Jan 27, 1938
Birthplace: Not Available
Independent filmmaker/artist Harry Hurwitz is perhaps most famous for his innovative 1971 cult film The Projectionist, the story of a lonesome projectionist whose imaginary adventures as a super hero are superimposed over old film clips. The highly-acclaimed movie featured the film-debut of comic Rodney Dangerfield. In the late '70s, Hurwitz, billing himself as "Harry Tampa" gained a further underground following with three films: Fairy Tales, Auditions (both 1978) and Nocturna (1979). The bulk of Hurwitz's filmography is comprised of highly creative, often funny low-budget fare ranging from mockumentaries to musicals to comedies to thrillers. Before becoming a director, the New York City-born and raised Hurwitz was a professor of film and drawing at the NYU, Cooper Union and the Parsons School of Design. Hurwitz had a lifelong love and fascination with silent comedian Charlie Chaplin and it was therefore fitting that his first film Chaplinesque: My Life and Hard Times (1964) was a fascinating documentary-account of the genesis of Chaplin's Tramp. The film was released under the title The Eternal Tramp. Other notable Hurwitz efforts include Richard (1972), a scathing but funny look at the pre-Watergate life and career of President Richard M. Nixon and That's Adequate (1990) a psuedo-documentary account of a fictional film studio that first showed at the 1988 Sundance Festival. The off-beat thriller Fleshtone (1994) was Hurwitz's last completed film. At the time of his death from heart failure on September 21, 1995, Hurwitz was in production with an all-star film comprised of the director's favorite themes, Remake.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Richard Director Screenwriter 2012
No Score Yet Fairy Tales Director 2008
No Score Yet Fleshtone Director 1994
67% The Miracle Screenwriter 1991
No Score Yet That's Adequate Producer Screenwriter Director 1989
No Score Yet The Rosebud Beach Hotel Director Producer 1984
No Score Yet The Big Score Producer Executive Producer 1983
0% Under the Rainbow Screenwriter 1981
No Score Yet Safari 3000 Director 1981
No Score Yet Nocturna Screenwriter Director 1979
No Score Yet Fairy Tales Director 1979
No Score Yet The Projectionist Usher Director Screenwriter Producer 1971


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