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David ThomsonMarshall Fine's Accidental Genius is, really, the first full life of Cassavetes, who died in 1989 at 59 and who is easily offered as a kind of godfather to the independent film movement in America … This is a genuine attempt to get at the riot of inspiration and muddle. I'm not sure that Mr. Fine ever entirely settles in his mind what an "accidental genius" is, or ought to be. But this book is a terrific step forward in detailing the frenzy, the dread, the hope and the immense, self-destructive independence with which Cassavetes worked.
— The New York Times