Accidental genius: how John Cassavetes invented American independent film

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Miramax Books/Hyperion, 2005 - Performing Arts - 482 pages
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Among filmmakers and film buffs, Cassavetes is revered. A major star of live television in the 1950s, he stumbled accidentally into making his first film, Shadows, while leading an acting workshop--and created a template for working outside the system that would produce some of the most piercing and human films of the next thirty years, including Faces, Husbands, and A woman under the influence. Turning his back on Hollywood, he became the prototypical outsider, fighting the system, financing and ultimately distributing his films himself, at a time when there was no apparatus to get a non-studio film into theaters around the country. His life and work are examined in this biography, with cooperation from his wife and muse Gena Rowlands and others of thisinner circle, to reveal just how daring and forward-thinking he was.--From publisher description.

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User Review  - Lady_Lazarus - LibraryThing

First of all, I have no idea why I begun reading this book - I don't even like Cassavetes! And the book didn't change my mind. Yes, I acknowledge his talent and influence, but that doesn't make his ... Read full review

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User Review  - Josh - Goodreads

The writing is nothing special, but not distracting. Fine tells the story--of course not detailing Cassavettes's writing process as much as I wish he would or could have--of a filmmaker I admire more ... Read full review


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Fine is the author of Bloody Sam: The Life and Films of Sam Peckinpan.

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