Set in New York City, circa 1960, a passionate interracial romance between a fair African-American woman and a white man erupts when he finds out the truth about her racial heritage. This directorial debut of John Cassavetes was a forerunner of the American independent film movement.
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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.
Brilliant. A stupendous achievement. It bursts and bristles with passionate emotions, sincere ideas, and it clamors at the society which gave birth to it. A remarkable "slice of life" drama that sounds off on love, anger, racism, art, friendship, family, identity, and youth all at once. Cassavetes was a genius. And there aren't many film geniuses.
Inspiring piece of filmmaking that is everything but improvised. If it looks improvised, it is because it follows life as improvisation, a flowing, changeable existence devoid of the resolutions and explanations that scripted cinema often bestows upon it. There are almost no clear conclusions to be drawn from this film. A challenging but rewarding experience.
I've finally seen my first Cassavetes movie! And I have to say I'm super impressed and very embarrassed it's taken me so long! This was a glorious film with superb acting and beautifully gritty camerawork. I loved how naturalistic the storyline felt. We were never given any unnecessary information, we learned about who these characters were as we watched them and that process was incredible. I fucking loved it.