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

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Overview

Extended critical discussion of 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) reveals a profoundly thoughtful and self-aware filmmaker/philosopher in the American tradition of Emerson and William James.
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"...it is a special event...when Carney publishes a book that illustrates what film study and analysis can be at their most visionary and inspiring. Carney is clearly a born teacher....Every page of The Films of John Cassavetes is informed by the passion of a man on a mission to change the way movies are thought and written about. Carney has an extraordinarily exalted vision of the function of cinematic art. Film is, for him, neither escapist entertainment and recreation...nor an intricate stylistic game played off to one side of life...but a way of exploring the most important and complex aspects of human experience." Diane Cherkerzian, The Boston Globe

"One of the most exciting aspects of this book is the impression it conveys that absolutely everything is open to reappraisal and revaluation....Not the least innovative aspect of Carney's writing is the degree to which it is radically interdisciplinary, and he sketches a series of strikingly original (yet persuasive) connections between Cassavetes' work and that of other American artists and thinkers....I turned the pages, almost holding my breath at moments, startled by the depth, power and unexpectedness of the argument, emotionally suspended between exhilaration and fear." Diane Cherkerzian, The Boston Globe

"...reflects not only years of devotion to Cassavetes' work but also numerous conversations and interviews that the author had with the filmmaker, his colleagues and his friends....Carney's descriptions...are reinforced by the many photographs he provides of Cassavetes energetically working on scenes and individual moments with his actors and crew....Far from mere illustrations of the text, however, these 'inside photos'—published in this book for the first time—reinforce the focus of Carney's book." Filmmaker

"Carney's approach to Cassavetes is shaped by the depth and discipline of scholarly analysis, and also by the out-and-out enthusiasm of a movie-lover writing about some of his favorite pictures." The Christian Science Monitor

"There is plenty of sturdy analysis here and. . . Carney makes a strong case for his subject." Times Literary Supplement

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521388153
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2005
  • Series: Cambridge Film Classics Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 307
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.71 (d)

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.

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