Cassavetes on Cassavetes

by Cassavetes, John, 1929-1989.

Format: Print Book 2001
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Braddock Carnegie Library Non Fiction ART 791.43 CAR
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John Cassavetes is the godfather of American independent cinema, saluted by virtually every US maverick who's followed in his stead, from Martin Scorsese to Sean Penn. Since his death in 1989, Cassavetes has become increasingly renowned as a cinematic hero - a loner who fought against the iniquities of the Hollywood system, steering his own creative course in a career spanning thirty years. Having first established himself as an actor, he bravely struck out on his own as a director in 1959 with Shadows , and proceeded to build up a formidable body of work. His major films include Faces , Woman Under the Influence , The Killing of a Chinese Bookie , Opening Night and Gloria . These unforgettable works are driven and distinguished by Cassavetes's collaboration with actors of the calibre of Gena Rowlands, Ben Gazzara and Peter Falk. Professor Ray Carney, a friend and admirer of Cassavetes, presents a book that offers us Cassavetes in his own words - frank, uncompromising, humane, and passionate about both life and art.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "John Cassavetes' gritty, personal, albeit commercially unsuccessful films, such as Faces, Husbands, and A Woman under the Influence, presaged today's American independent film movement, though Cassavetes was arguably more daring and uncompromising than, say, Tarantino or Sayles. Editor Carney shaped more than 400 hours of conversations with Cassavetes and extracts from previously published interviews into a narrative of the filmmaker's early days as a New York actor in the 1950s and his later struggles to finance and distribute his films. Probably best known for his intense acting in other directors' films (The Dirty Dozen, Rosemary's Baby, etc.), Cassavetes' frustrations as an actor originally led him to direct. Thereafter, he took most of his later roles to finance his own projects. Drawing on interviews with dozens of Cassavetes' friends and coworkers, Carney's extensive commentary augments the subject's remarks and fills in details. As complete a picture of the maverick moviemaker as we are ever likely to see. --Gordon Flagg"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: ""Cassavetes' films were quarried from his most private feelings and experiences," writes editor Ray Carney in his introduction to Cassavetes on Cassavetes, and then illustrates his point with the writings, interviews and recorded conversations of a beloved cult figure. First an actor and then a director (Faces; A Woman Under the Influence), John Cassavetes, who died in 1989, remains known for gamely trying to make his art in Hollywood, and then gamely wreaking havoc when he was overrided. Of his television series, Staccato (later called Johnny Staccato at the insistence of network executives), the director said: "It is virtually impossible to get approval on a script that has substance." Fans and film buffs will delight in this rare look inside the mind of this talented, innovative and influential filmmaker. Photos. ( Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Cassavetes, John, -- 1929-1989 -- Interviews.
Motion picture producers and directors -- United States -- Interviews.
Publisher London ; New York :Faber and Faber,2001
Contributors Carney, Raymond.
Language English
Description xv, 526 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN 0571201571
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