Jerry Schatzberg

Jerry Schatzberg

Highest Rated: 86% Panic in Needle Park (1971)

Lowest Rated: 50% Honeysuckle Rose (1980)

Birthday: Jun 26, 1927

Birthplace: Bronx, New York, USA

New York native Jerry Schatzberg began his career as a fashion photographer, working as an assistant to Bill Helburn in the mid-1950s before branching out on his own in the late 50s and 60s. While working freelance, he also began to helm TV commercials and gradually moved to the silver screen, debuting with 1970's "Puzzle of a Downfall Child." A confusing drama about a fashion model trying to come to terms with her life, "Puzzle" starred Faye Dunaway, with whom Schatzberg had been romantically linked. Critics were dismissive of the film and its confounding structure, but the director hit pay dirt with his sophomore effort, the gripping "Panic in Needle Park" (1971). Focusing on the downward spiral into drugs of a petty crook (Al Pacino) and his girlfriend (Kitty Winn), "Panic in Needle Park" received plaudits for its unsparing look at the effects of drug use (in this case heroin) and for its dynamic leading performances. (Winn received the Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Award.)

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Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Day the Ponies Came Back Director,
Writer
- 2000
No Score Yet 58% Reunion Director - 1989
No Score Yet 12% Clinton and Nadine Director - 1988
64% 45% Street Smart Director $711.0K 1987
57% 33% No Small Affair Director - 1984
No Score Yet 92% Misunderstood Director - 1984
50% 76% Honeysuckle Rose Director - 1980
86% 38% The Seduction of Joe Tynan Director - 1979
No Score Yet 0% Sweet Revenge Director - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dandy, the All-American Girl Director - 1976
77% 79% Scarecrow Director - 1973
86% 75% Panic in Needle Park Director - 1971
No Score Yet 61% Puzzle of a Downfall Child Director,
Writer
- 1970