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

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

by Ray Carney
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521388155

ISBN-13: 9780521388153

Pub. Date: 11/28/2005

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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

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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.

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
Sales rank:
1,161,427
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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