Cassavetes on Cassavetes (Paperback)

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John Cassavetes's films are stark yet sublime portrayals of the difficulty, absurdity, and beauty of American life. A chronicler of dreams deferred, the director has keen insights into political and class relations at a time in cinema when such stories would never be profitable—and yet he made his movies anyway, fundraising through family, neighbors, and anyone who had a spare buck. It is a miracle he made any movies at all, yet alone the masterpieces of independent film he left us with, and this book offers a lens into the dreams and nightmares of those productions.

— Kyle


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.

About the Author

John Nicholas Cassavetes (December 9, 1929 – February 3, 1989) was an American actor, screenwriter, and director. He is considered a pioneer of American independent film.

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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780571201570
ISBN-10: 0571201571
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication Date: August 15th, 2001
Pages: 544
Language: English