64. John Cassavetes
FACES, A WOMAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE, HUSBANDS, THE KILLING OF A CHINESE BOOKIE
Before becoming one of the fathers of American independent cinema, John Cassavetes was a well-known actor, appearing in such films as The Dirty Dozen and Rosemary’s Baby. He used his acting money to finance his directing career. The reason for this was that no studio was very interested in producing the films that he wanted to make. His films were messy, disorganized, maybe even a little irritating. They were about flawed people dealing with the frustrations of life. He was not interested in easy answers and happy endings. He wanted only to engage his audience in what these characters were going through. He didn’t want the viewer to sit back and let things happen; he wanted us to get emotionally involved. He didn’t care whether he made us laugh, cry, or scream; so long as we were watching. Really watching.
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