A Constant Forge

A Constant Forge

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DVD - 2004
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A look at the life and work of John Cassavetes assembled from candid interviews, rare photos, archival footage, and the director himself. The narration is created from Cassavettes' own words. The actors discuss their own performances and those of their colleagues, give insights into Cassavetes's theater work, and into his handling of music in his films.
Publisher: Irvington, NY : Criterion Collection ; Chicago, IL : Distributed by Home Vision Entertainment, [2004], c2000.
ISBN: 9780780029248
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (202 min.) : sd., col., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.


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Sep 02, 2017

This documentary features a filmmaker who plumbed the depths of the human psyche. Cassavetes...a man unafraid to tackle subjects such as human weaknesses and vulnerability, human multiplicity, and ambiguity. This work is a solid, insightful look at the life of, but more so, the work of John Cassavetes. Footage of Cassavetes and his films are interspersed with musings from co-workers such as Peter Falk, Ben Gazzara, Gena Rowlands, and Seymour Cassel. They discuss how he pushed their limits and what they experienced while working for him. This film honors his hard-working ethic and his daring film contributions. It honors a disciple of spontaneity as well as a man driven by his limitations. It's a lot to absorb, but it's time well spent.


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