The Films Of John Cassavetes: Pragmatism, Modernism, And The Movies by Ray CarneyThe Films Of John Cassavetes: Pragmatism, Modernism, And The Movies by Ray Carney

The Films Of John Cassavetes: Pragmatism, Modernism, And The Movies

byRay Carney

Paperback | January 28, 1994

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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.
Ray Carney is Professor of Film & American Studies & Chairman of the Film Studies Program at Boston University. He is the author of over ten books, including the critically acclaimed "The Films of John Cassavetes".
Title:The Films Of John Cassavetes: Pragmatism, Modernism, And The MoviesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.71 inPublished:January 28, 1994Publisher:Cambridge University Press

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ISBN - 10:0521388155

ISBN - 13:9780521388153

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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.

From Our Editors

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

Editorial Reviews

"There is plenty of sturdy analysis here and. . . Carney makes a strong case for his subject." Times Literary Supplement