Jerry Schatzberg

Director, Photographer
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 ... Read more »
Born: 06/25/1927 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Director (13)

The Day the Ponies Come Back 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Lumiere Et Compagnie 1995 (Movie)

featured director (Director)

Reunion 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Street Smart 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Misunderstood 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

No Small Affair 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Honeysuckle Rose 1980 (Movie)

(Director)

The Seduction of Joe Tynan 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

Dandy, the All American Girl 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

Scarecrow 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

The Panic in Needle Park 1971 (Movie)

(Director)

Puzzle of a Downfall Child 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

Clinton and Nadine (TV Show)

Director
Actor (3)

Casting By 2011 (Movie)

Interviewee (Actor)

Pierre Rissient: Man of Cinema 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)
Writer (2)

The Day the Ponies Come Back 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Puzzle of a Downfall Child 1970 (Movie)

(From Story)
Producer (1)

Dandy, the All American Girl 1975 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

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.)

Relationships

Faye Dunaway Actor

Companion
had relationship from 1966 to 1968

Maureen Kerwin

Wife

EDUCATION

Forest Hills High School

Forest Hills , New York

University of Miami

Miami , Florida 1947 - 1948

Milestones

2000

Returned to feature filmmaking as co-writer and director of "The Day the Ponies Come Back"; premiered at the Montreal Film Festival

1995

Contributed a segment to "Lumiere and Company" about a Manhattan bag lady and a trash collector

1989

Directed the touching drama "Reunion" (scripted by Harold Pinter), about an elderly Jewish man who returns to Germany to locate a childhood friend; last feature film for 11 years

1988

Helmed the lovers on the run drama "Clinton and Nadine"; premiered at Cannes; shown on HBO in the USA

1987

Directed the intriguing if not wholly successful "Street Smart", about a journalist who fakes a story about NYC pimps and prostitutes only to have the district attorney conclude it profiled a murder suspect

1984

Replaced an ill Martin Ritt as director of "No Small Affair", a love story about an older woman and younger man featuring Demi Moore and Jon Cryer (in roles originally intended for Sally Field and Matthew Broderick)

1982

Had exhibition of photographs at Beaubourg Center in Paris

1980

Helmed "Honeysuckle Rose", a loose remake of "Intermezzo" set in the world of country music and starring Willie Nelson

1979

Again enjoyed critical praise for the political drama "The Seduction of Joe Tynan", written by and starring Alan Alda

1977

Had minor career setback with the dreadful "Sweet Revenge"

1973

Reteamed with Pacino for "Scarecrow", a road movie co-starring Gene Hackman that won the Palm d'Or at Cannes

1970

Enjoyed critical success with "Panic in Needle Park", a searing study of drug addiction starring Al Pacino and Kitty Winn

1969

Directorial debut with "Puzzle of a Downfall Child"; also provided story

1954

Worked as assistant to photographer Bill Helburn

Was freelance still photographer and director of TV commercials

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