Paul Mayersberg

Screenwriter, Director, Critic
Former film critic (e. g. for "Movie") and assistant to Melville, Losey and Corman, whose first produced screenplay was Nicholas Roeg's "The Man Who Fell to Earth" (1976). Mayersberg went on to prove himself deft in the ... Read more »
Born: 06/17/1941 in Hertfordshire, England, GB

Filmography

Writer (10)

Croupier 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Return to the River Kwai 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Nightfall 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Captive 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Man Who Fell to Earth 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

From Story

Eureka 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Disappearance 1976 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Man Who Fell to Earth 1976 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Siddhartha 1971 (Movie)

screenplay associate (Screenplay)
Director (3)

The Last Samurai 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Nightfall 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Captive 1987 (Movie)

(Director)
Other (2)

The Tomb of Ligeia 1964 (Movie)

(Production Assistant)

The Servant 1962 (Movie)

(Production Assistant)

Biography

Former film critic (e. g. for "Movie") and assistant to Melville, Losey and Corman, whose first produced screenplay was Nicholas Roeg's "The Man Who Fell to Earth" (1976). Mayersberg went on to prove himself deft in the art-house arena, co-scripting Oshima's "Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence" (1983), collaborating for a second time with Roeg for "Eureka" (1983) and making his directorial debut with "Captive" (1985). His work on more mainstream genres--i.e. the script for "Return from the River Kwai" and his own adaptation of Isaac Asimov's "Nightfall" (both 1988)--has, however, been far less critically praised.

Milestones

1988

US directing debut (also writer), "Nightfall"

1985

Feature directing debut (also writer), "Captive"

1976

First film as writer, "The Man Who Fell to Earth"

1973

Shooting began (with director Paul Joyce) of screenplay "The Day the Call Came," but cancelled soon after

1972

Credited as associate writer of Conrad Rooks's adaptation, "Siddhartha"

1966

Film critic for "New Society" magazine

1964

First film credit as production assistant on "Tomb of Ligeia" (dir. Roger Corman)

1963

Associate editor on "Movie" magazine

Worked (uncredited) as production assistant on Jean-Pierre Melville's "Le doulos" (1962) and Joseph Losey's "The Servant" (1963)

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