Did you know there wasn't a script either? Everything was improvised; Makes it that much better.
Oh...It's a good film! Seen it last night by chance on tv. It had something that made me keep watching... thinking it is a 50's film and improvisational dialogues, something in the atmosphere, acting and the movie itself...it's remarkable. But yes it also could all sound overrating...
A moment of history captured and seized like a moth in amber, a filmic fossil, and like a fossil its posthumous existence is greater than that in life...
A bit overrated, I thought. Innovative for its time I imagine, but not impactful today. Using amateur actors was bold but hindered the film - at times the acting was just plain bad. Between this and "The Killing of a Chines Bookie," I'm not sold on Cassavetes yet, but I look forward to seeing more of his (hopefully better) films.
A stunning experience and a landmark in cinematic history. Cassavetes' debut feature is a mesmerizing and powerfully made film with some very strong performances from the mainly unknown cast.
An improvisation?! Give me a break, it was better than any script driven films I've seen lately. MASTERPIECE.
A lot of points I'd echo in the comments below me. A stunning work, rightfully considered a landmark in American independent cinema but to me it's also a striking reinvention of Italian neorealism - a subgenre which, it turns out, did indeed have a direct influence on Cassavetes. Can't wait to see more of the man's films.
Cassavetes made this, his first film, for 40,000 dollar over two years, re-cutting and adding additional scenes in 1959 when an earlier, even more raw, cut drew mixed responses. Hard to believe anything was more scrappier or amateur than what he came out with as "polished"; this is arguably the most important independent amateur film of the modern era. A true original.
a beautiful film. the black & white/shadows it creates is amazing. a very slow, emotional, jazz-filled portrait of a family and their friends. cant wait to see other Cassavetes movies
One of those movies that reminds you how beautiful film can be as a medium.