The Films of John Cassavetes : Pragmatism, Modernism, and the Movies (Cambridge Film Classics)

The Films of John Cassavetes : Pragmatism, Modernism, and the Movies (Cambridge Film Classics)

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 304 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9780521381192
  • DDC分類 791.43028092

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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 writing 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.

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.