Sunday, January 29, 2006

The making of an independent filmmaker

Book examines the artistry of John Cassavetes

Marshall Fine, film and TV critic for Star magazine, has written the first genuine biography of American filmmaker John Cassavetes. Cassavetes (pictured left) is finally getting his critical due nearly two decades after his death.

Perhaps best known to the public as an actor, the director and screenwriter's filmography includes "Faces," "Husbands," and "A Woman Under the Influence." His acting roles included "Rosemary's Baby" and "The Dirty Dozen."

The biography by Fine, Accidental Genius: How John Cassavetes Invented American Independent Film, makes a timely debut. Cassavetes' pictures are being reissued as DVDs, and his work is being taught at universities. Here is the New York Times review by Phillip Lopate.

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7 comments:

Shirazi said...

Big thanks for this dig too.

DCS said...

Thanks, Shi. In my opinion, Cassavetes really refined filmmmaking.

Dr. Deborah Serani said...

Cassavetes was a tempestuous man. In his art in his life. Would be a great read.

Ruben said...

Seems as if his life would make an interesting read.

Jane King said...

Thanks for the information

Deb S. said...

Dr. Deb: Yes, I agree. Cassavetes was tempestuous. You could even see the intensity in his acting. He was interesting and complex in his professional and personal lives.

Ruben and Jane: As always, thanks for stopping by.

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