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Accuracy In Media

October 12, 1986

Lawrence Christon did a good job of capturing the essence of director Paul Mazursky's Oakie Lecture at the Motion Picture Academy, but he misrepresented the gist of Mazursky's statement that "the industry is anti-Semitic" ("Comedy Award to Mazursky," Oct. 1).

Mazursky did say that, but went on--very significantly--to explain that studio executives want to make movies for the masses and that they fear that something "very Jewish" will not play in Dallas. So, it's demographics, not bigotry, that he was referring to.

I think Christon and The Times owe the readers, as well as Mazursky himself, the courtesy of being more accurate.

JUDY CANTOR

Beverly Hills

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