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The Films of John Cassavetes

The Films of John Cassavetes
Pragmatism, Modernism, and the Movies

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  • Date Published: January 1994
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521388153

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  • The first book to tell in detail the story of a maverick filmmaker who worked outside the studio system. Providing extended critical discussion on six of his most important films (Shadows, Faces, Minnie and Moskowitz, A Woman Under the Influence, The Killing of a Chinese Bookie, and Love Streams), Ray Carney argues that Cassavetes' work is a distinctly life-affirming form of modernist expression that is at odds with the world-denying modernism of many of the most important art works produced in this century. Cassavetes is revealed to be a profoundly thoughtful and self-aware filmmaker and a deeply philosophical thinker, whose work takes its place in the American tradition along with the writing of Ralph Waldo Emerson and William James. The six films treated here emerge as expressive interpretations of the bewildering challenges in contemporary American cultural experience.

    • Cassavetes is a major counterculture figure, very big in Europe
    • Carney is well known as an authority on Cassavetes, attracting large audiences for speaking engagements and publishing in French and English on Cassavetes and other American filmmakers
    • first critical study based on conversations with Cassavetes' friends and co-workers (more than 100 hours of interviews)
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    • Date Published: January 1994
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521388153
    • length: 336 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 158 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • contains: 35 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgments
    Introduction: thinking in space, time and the body
    1. Selves in the making (Shadows)
    2. Noncontemplative art (Faces)
    3. Beating the system (Minnie and Moskowitz)
    4. An artist of the ordinary (A Woman Under the Influence)
    5. The path of greatest resistance (The Killing of a Chinese Bookie)
    6. Compositions and decompositions (Love Streams)
    Epilogue: The religion of doing
    Notes
    Bibliography
    Filmography
    Index.

  • Author

    Ray Carney, Boston University

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