John Cassavetes: Five Films (Criterion Collection) (Anamorphic Widescreen)

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John Cassavetes has been called a genius, a visionary, and the father of independent film. But all this rhetoric threatens to obscure the humanism and generosity of his art. The five films included here represent his self-financed works made outside the studio system of Hollywood, on which he was afforded complete control. While about beatniks, hippies, businessmen, actors, housewives, strippers, club owners, gangsters, and children, all of them are beautiful, emotional testaments to compassion. Cassavetes has often been called an actor's director, but this body of work astoundingly, even greater than the sum of its extraordinarily significant parts reveals him to be an audience's director. The Criterion Collection is proud to present "Shadows", "Faces", "A Woman Under the Influence", "The Killing of a Chinese Bookie", and "Opening Night" in stunning new transfers. Includes Charles Kiselyak's "A Constant Forge", as well as Charles Kiselyak's 2000 documentary "A Constant Forge: The Life and Art Of John Cassavetes".

New high-definition digital transfers of all films, with restored image and sound and (where applicable) enhanced for widescreen televisions, More than two hours of new video interviews with Lynn Carlin, Seymour Cassel, Peter Falk, Ben Gazzara, Lelia Goldoni, Gena Rowlands, and Al Ruban, Two versions of The Killing of a Chinese Bookie: Cassavetes' original 135-minute cut as well as his subsequent 108-minute re-edit, Faces alternate opening: 17 minutes of footage revealing the most significant differences of the two version's opening sequences, Cineastes de notre temps: an episode from the French television series, dedicated to Cassavetes, Workshop Footage: Rare silent clips from the Cassavetes-Lane Drama Workshop, from which Shadows emerged, Audio commentary on A Woman Under the Influence by sound recordist and composer Bo Harwood and camera operator Mike Ferris, Restoration Demonstration for Shadows, Audio interviews with Cassavetes by film historians Michel Ciment and Michael Wilson, Lighting & Shooting The Film: A study of the techniques and equipment used on Faces by Al Ruban, Original Theatrical Trailers, Stills galleries with hundreds of behind-the-scenes photos, publicity shots, and posters, Biographical sketches of the actors Cassavetes frequently cast in his films, written by Tom Charity (John Cassavetes: Lifeworks).

Some Scenes Presented in Black & White, Plus a 68-page book featuring new essays on Cassavetes and the films by writers/critics Gary Giddins, Stuart Klawans, Kent Jones, Phillip Lopate, Dennis Lim, and director Charles Kiselyak, as well as reprinted writings by and interviews with Cassavetes, and tributes to Cassavetes' secretary Elaine Kagan, and novelist Jonathan Lethem, This boxed set includes the following titles: "Shadows (1959)", "Faces (1968)", "A Woman Under the Influence (1974)", "The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976)", "Opening Night (1977)", "A Constant Forge: The Life and Art of John Cassavetes (2000)".


Starring: Hugh Hurd, Lelia Goldoni, Sir Mix-A-Lot
Director: John Cassavetes
Studio Name: Team Marketing
DVD Release Date: 09/21/2004
Rating: Not Rated
Format: DVD
Screen Format: Anamorphic Widescreen
Run Time (in minutes): 945 minutes
Language: English
Audio Tracks: AC, Dolby Digital Mono
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.25
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 0.7 x 5.5 x 7.8

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