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Cassavetes Ranked

by Scottie Ferguson
The godfather of American independent cinema, few auteurs I’ve come across possess a deeper understanding of and empathy for the human condition than John Cassavetes. Often painful and uncomfortable at times but never less than rewarding, his films are unrelenting in their efforts to probe deep beneath the surface of human emotions and relationships. Always, at their core, is a constant message: that love is both a gift and a curse, that it can bring moments of pure happiness and unbearable madness. Cassavetes’ realistic style of shooting makes his movies all the more powerful, and I cannot name a director who is able to derive greater… Read more

The godfather of American independent cinema, few auteurs I’ve come across possess a deeper understanding of and empathy for the human condition than John Cassavetes. Often painful and uncomfortable at times but never less than rewarding, his films are unrelenting in their efforts to probe deep beneath the surface of human emotions and relationships. Always, at their core, is a constant message: that love is both a gift and a curse, that it can bring moments of pure happiness and unbearable madness. Cassavetes’ realistic style of shooting makes his movies all the more powerful, and I cannot name a director who is able to derive greater performances from their actors. A truly uncompromising visionary.

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