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Posted October 1, 2010
This movie will change your life
If you ask me, this is the movie Citizen Kane is supposed to be. It's a dissection of America, an anatomy of aberrations of the male psyche. Not melodrama like Kane, but almost a documentary of what people really act like when they think no one is watching (or have a few beers--the same thing). Deep, searching, profound, complex. Don't let the opening scene put you off. It seems too much, but makes sense later when you understand the characters better. And that's a key to Cassavetes' work: The characters take time to understand. They are not cartoons and cliches. I've seen this movie about ten times and I keep seeing new things in it. Not ''secret clues'' like in Hitchcock, but seeing new complexity in the men's and women's emotions. Like people in life, these characters won't be figured out easily. I also want to put in a plug for a totally amazing book about Cassavetes that you can get at a discount here. It's by Ray Carney, who has a massive website totally devoted to Cassavetes life and work, and who knew him and talked with him about his movies. Cassavetes on Cassavetes is the name of the book and in it the filmmaker tells incredible stories about what it is really like to be an indie, no budget filmmaker. What a nut this book shows he must have been. And what a great genius this film shows he was.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 26, 2009
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