The Films of John Cassavetes

The Films of John Cassavetes

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The Films of John Cassavetes: Pragmatism, Modernism, and the Movies is 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 writings 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.Pragmatism, Modernism, and the Movies Ray Carney. really be avoided if he was going to continue making his film. ... (Compare the way our knowledge of Cosmoa#39;s own gunshot wound is delayed.) ... is a master of low-budget special effects (just as his hiding from Mickey in the scene following this one allows him to proveanbsp;...

Title:The Films of John Cassavetes
Author:Ray Carney
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 1994-01-28


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