"A beautiful, moving
tribute to the genius of John Cassavetes"
Daniel Vaughan, Director, Australian Film Institute
A compact, inexpensive
introduction to Cassavetes' life and work, intended for classroom use,
as an individual viewing guide, as a souvenir program at film festivals.
The handsomely illustrated, 68-page book contains an introductory essay
discussing Cassavetes distinctive style and place within the independent
movement; concise critical treatments, credits, and production information
for all of his important filmsShadows, Faces, Husbands, Minnie
and Moskowitz, A Woman Under the Influence, The Killing of a Chinese Bookie,
Opening Night, and Love Streams; and a lengthy interview with
Ray Carney about his personal impressions of Cassavetes the man and artist.
The book contains more than two dozen behind-the-scenes photographs of
Cassavetes working with his actors and crew. It has sidebars devoted to
the two versions of Shadows; a list of cameo appearances by well-known
actors in the film; and a list of the family members who acted in Cassavetes
films. The volume also contains many quotations from the filmmaker about
his own work.
About the Author
Ray Carney is generally acknowledged to be the world's expert on the life
and work of John Cassavetes. He is the author of the critically acclaimed,
The Films of John Cassavetes: Pragmatism, Modernism, and the Movies
(Cambridge University Press), and the newly published Cassavetes on
Cassavetes (Faber and Faber/Farrar, Straus and Giroux) and Shadows
(BFI Film Classics). He has also published book-length studies of the
films of Mike Leigh, Frank Capra, and Carl Dreyer. He is a Professor of
Film and American Studies at Boston University, Chairman of the Film Studies
program, and Director of graduate admissions. He is currently working
on books on the short fiction of Henry James and a history of American
independent filmmaking from 1954 to the present.
Company C Publishing
© Text Copyright
1999-2001 by Ray Carney. All rights reserved. May not be reprinted without
written permission of the author.
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