Cassavetes on Cassavetes by John Cassavetes

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Since his death in 1989, John Cassavettes has become increasingly renowned as a cinematic hero--a renegade loner who fought the Hollywood system, steering his own creative course in a career spanning thirty years. Having already established himself as an actor, he struck out as a filmmaker in 1959 with Shadows, and proceeded to build a formidable body of work, including such classics as Faces, Woman Under the Influence, The Killing of a Chinese Bookie, and Gloria. In Cassavettes on Cassavettes, Ray Carney presents the great director in his own words--frank, uncompromising, humane, and passionate about life and art.

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Ray Carney is Professor of Film and American Studies and Chairman of the Film Studies Program at Boston University. He is the author of over ten books, including the critically acclaimed The Films of John Cassavetes.
Published August 15, 2001 by Faber & Faber. 400 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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Film historian Carney (Film and American Studies/Boston Univ.) explores the cinematic philosophy and practices of maverick actor and director John Cassavetes (1929–89).

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""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.

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London Review of Books

I don’t do documentaries.’ Quoting this bit of wit and wisdom in a recent New Yorker piece on Roberts, Anthony Lane wrote: ‘it shows … how remote she is from any European visions of cinema – not just from the relaxed, Old World attitude toward sex but from the European assumption (found lingering...

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(The man who disdains screen violence chases Lynn Carlin with a butcher knife around the set of "Faces," and he isn't much nicer to his wife and regular leading lady, Gena Rowlands.) This book, then, is not for people who want to feel good about Cassavetes, nor those who want to hear about the s...

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