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The films of John Cassavetes : pragmatism, modernism, and the movies

Author: Raymond Carney
Publisher: Cambridge [England] ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 1994.
Series: Cambridge film classics.
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The Films of John Cassavetes tells the inside story of the making of six of Cassavetes' most important works: Shadows, Faces, Minnie and Moskowitz, A Woman Under the Influence, The Killing of a Chinese Bookie, and Love Streams.
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Named Person: John Cassavetes; John Cassavetes; John Cassavetes; John Cassavetes; John Cassavetes
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Raymond Carney
ISBN: 0521381193 9780521381192 0521388155 9780521388153
OCLC Number: 28112129
Description: x, 322 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Thinking in space, time, and the body --
Selves in the making (Shadows) --
Noncontemplative art (Faces) --
Beating the system (Minnie and Moskowitz) --
An artist of the ordinary (A woman under the influence) --
The path of greatest resistance (The killing of a Chinese bookie) --
Compositions and decompositions (Love streams) --
Epilogue : the religion of doing.
Series Title: Cambridge film classics.
Responsibility: Ray Carney ; photographs by Sam Shaw and Larry Shaw.
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The Films of John Cassavetes tells the inside story of the making of six of Cassavetes' most important works: Shadows, Faces, Minnie and Moskowitz, A Woman Under the Influence, The Killing of a Chinese Bookie, and Love Streams.

With the help of almost fifty previously unpublished photographs from the private collections of Sam Shaw and Larry Shaw, and excerpts from interviews with the filmmaker and many of his closest friends, the reader is taken behind the scenes to watch the maverick independent at work: writing his scripts, rehearsing his actors, blocking their movements, shooting his scenes, and editing them.

Through words and pictures, Cassavetes is shown to have been a deeply thoughtful and self-aware artist and a profound commentator on the American experience.

This iconoclastic, interdisciplinary study challenges many accepted notions in film history and aesthetics. Ray Carney argues that Cassavetes' films participate in a previously unrecognized form of pragmatic American modernism that, in its ebullient affirmation of life, not only goes against the world-weariness and despair of many twentieth-century works of art, but also places his work at odds with the assumptions and methods of most contemporary film criticism.

Cassavetes' films are provocatively linked to the philosophical writing of Ralph Waldo Emerson, William James, and John Dewey both as an illustration of the artistic consequences of a pragmatic aesthetic and as an example of the challenges and rewards of a life lived pragmatically. Cassavetes' work is shown to reveal stimulating new ways of knowing, feeling, and being in the world.

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