In Cassavetes’ final film (not counting Big Trouble, a for-hire job that he completely disowned), he casts himself as successful writer Robert Harmon, author of a string of best-selling, loosely autobiographical books about lonely barflies, singers and hookers. When Robert’s recently divorced sister Sarah (Gena Rowlands) turns up at his front door with two taxis full of luggage, the film takes a turn for the surreal as brother and sister seek to reclaim their lost love for each other. Moving from harsh emotional combat to dream-like reverie to full-out slapstick, the film’s breathlessly inventive second half is an unpredictable rollercoaster ride—or perhaps a trip to the zoo, complete with miniature horses, a goat, a duck, chickens and a pit bull. A perfect farewell note to Cassavetes’ career, Love Streams is “at once a culmination of the director’s obsessions and his most atypical film” (Dennis Lim, The Village Voice). —Brad Deane
Descending from Greek immigrants, John Cassavetes was born in New York City in 1929. A popular high-school student, Cassavetes’ fascination for the performance arts led to stint at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He graduated in 1950 and supported himself by playing small parts on stage and TV. As an actor Cassavetes was typecast as tough villains, notably in The Night Holds Terror and the live-TV drama Crime in the Streets. He first gained notice for his performance in the working-class drama Edge of the City. Cassavetes’ acting workshops conducted in New York inspired him to make a film with his students. He funded Shadows through money borrowed from family and friends as well as donations from listeners of the radio show Night People. The film became a landmark in American cinema, winning prizes at the Venice Film Festival. It presented a raw glimpse into urban America in its story of three African-American siblings in 50s New York. Its impact on the emerging independent… read more
Cassavetes unplugged: raw, unhinged love and bruises, boozing nightclubs and bars - the dysfunctional homestead of Faces, A Woman Under the Influence, combined with the surrealistic sleaze of Chinese Bookie. It’s the latter-day marriage of this duality of narratives (Cassavetes’ lothario, Rowlands’ divorcee) that defines Love Streams as a memorable addition to the filmography, in achieving an original blend of lurid intensity, aesthetic dynamism, and thus, its hypnotically conducive air.
Please someone give me the name of that blues singer who sings "where are you". I know it is also a Sinatra song and that dinah Washington sang it, but that "where are you" version in Love Streams has been stuck in my head for some time, now. Thanks
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Yesterday Thursday November the 19th I watched for the very first time John Cassavetes last masterpiece ‘Love Streams’.
What can I say I happened to be just stuck for this beautiful movie I couldn’t… read review
“Love Streams” film follows middle-aged writer Robert (John Cassavetes) and his sister Sarah (Gena Rowlands), a recently divorced mother with a history of depressions, who together with her daughter… read review