Christopher Comrie was asked to write an article about John Cassavetes for The Toronto Film Scene to coincide with a Cassavetes retrospective being held at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.
A Filmmaker Under The Influence:
The Challenge of John Cassavetes
by Christopher Comrie
There are certain movies which mark you forever. I have still not seen all of John Cassavetes’ movies, but every single one I have seen has left indelible acid burns on me. His films are so unique in tone, narrative, characterization, and well, purpose, that the most curious thing to me is not how unusual his films are, but how mundane most other films are compared to his.
A lot of ink has been spilled about Cassavetes over the years. He remains the most important of the American independent filmmakers, yet most people I talk to are unfamiliar with his work as a director.
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A Filmmaker Under The Influence: The Challenge of John Cassavetes was originally published July 2011, and can be read in its entirety at theTFS.ca