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and Moskowitz is a screwball comedy
about the madcap love affair between a, well-bred, museum administrator
and a loud mouthed, dog faced, old hippie that parks cars for
a living. Minnie’s relationship with Moskowitz when contrasted
with her affair with her abusive yet handsome married lover
(played by Cassavetes) calls into question many of Hollywood’s
romantic conventions. 1971 (115 m. Color) Stars Gena Rowlands,
Seymour Cassel, and John Cassavetes.
Minnie and Moskowitz is
a wacky wonderful comedy! What a wild ride! This movie is funny but
it's much more than funny. You can be laughing and crying in the
same scene because it tells truths about love and life. Cassavetes
is never merely an entertainer. He wants to make you think. I also
want to highly recommend a new book where Cassavetes talks about
this film and all of his other ones. It's by Ray Carney and called Cassavetes
on Cassavetes, and is the geatest collection of "behind
the scenes" stories I've ever read anywhere. (It's available
at a discount on this site.) Great book. Great stories. Turns out
that Cassavetes was as nutty and wild as Moskowitz is in
this film. Is that good or bad? You'll have to decide for yourself.
That's the way Cassavetes movies are. You have to think about them.
You'll be talking about this movie for a long time.
Anybody who has ever loved
someone so desperately that they felt so stupid, proud, and confused
knows what John meant by Love Streams. Can you even imagine
how hard it was for him and Gena to even contiplate the end - after
thirty years. No one has ever truly 'captured' what love can be and
is and is not than John Cassavetes. Can you even imagine being loved
through, with, in a stream? I wish I had had the chance to meet them.
See all his movies -they will touch you in the most painful, frustrating,
and elating ways - ways you can never imagine. - KEM
For each seemingly reprehensible
act (abandoning a son, striking a wife) only the is represented, there
is no isolated malice or evil present. Everyone has a humanity in
the film, no characters are left to suffer as cyphers. How many directors
could resist passing judgement on the stepfather or Seymour Cassell's
character? Their biggest crimes are shown to be humanely stupid. Two
more smaller reflections: I thought hawling a stubborn goat in out
of the storm was a very Greek depiction of male tenderness; and do
the final scenes in the storm make anyone else recast Cassavettes
as Noah in his hat and smock coat?- Anthony Dolphin
I saw this film. I will
not forget this film. I will see this film, tomorrow.
john shows that we are
solid like rocks, his charcators can hurl themselves into such emotionally
tumultous situations. But love, our spirituality is water - something
we can't get a handle or control. For me the film examines the differences
between different understandings of our world.- Felim Mac Dermott
I have only seen Love
Streams once, 15 years ago and I have yearned to view it again
ever since. I remember only one or two details from it. But the ugly
crazy fun thing that Cassavettes captured in most of his film efforts
, in terms of integrity superfreaks acting out their heartfelt and
petty obsessions right in front of each other and watching the characters
be with each act of selfishness and love, permenantly affected me.
Life and films are missing all that beauty. I hope to view this Masterpiece
again soon. Paolo Visentin
This was one of the first
"American Independent" films I remember seeing in its original theatrical
release, and I'm eternally grateful to the friend who dragged me kicking
and screaming to see it (it sounded dreadful to me, as described.)
Love Streams is one of those rare films that succeeds in expressing
verities about life and love that most of us feel are unexpressable,
but essential. Rowlands' characters musing about how Love Streams
continue even after the end of a relationship was, when I first saw
the movie as a very young man, an insight that both haunted and helped
me in later years. I'm sure we can all relate. Why then, are such
simple truths so rarely expressed with such naked honesty in American
films? One of the most frequent comments by lovers of Cassavetes'
ouvre is that his films are so "honest." Indeed, and that's why they'll
endure and continue to be rediscovered. When the movie was originally
released to VHS in the '80's, I rented it to show to some friends.
I was the only one remaining in the room by the end of the movie.
Nobody thought it was a poor film, rather, they were too disturbed
by its being "too close too home" for them to endure in the company
of others. Now that's effective art! (I think...) - Dean Estes
The picture of Gena Rowlands
unloading the taxi of its goats, sheep, and roosters, and Cassavetes
reaction, is one of the greatest moments in American film history.
I always think of the scene
where Cassavetes is drunk, hysterically laughing, alone, watching
the storm through slide glass doors... This is how I always pictured
him reading reviews.
Never have two hearts broken
more quietly, more devastatingly. My favorite Cassavetes films...
and my first.
To get grasped from a distance.
That means a most perfect acting which reveals its sources: the body,
the spirit, the soul. And this the viewer gets as a present. Nothing
more is possible. Theo Thiesmeier
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