John Cassavetes: Five Films - The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1959) / Region A
John Cassavetes: Five Films - The Criterion Collection

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John Cassavetes: Five Films - The Criterion Collection

John Cassavetes was a genius, a visionary, and the progenitor of American independent film, but that doesn't begin to get at the generosity of his art. A former theater actor fascinated by the power of improvisation, Cassavetes brought his search for truth in performance to the screen. The five films in this collection - all of which the director maintained total control over by financing them himself and making them outside the studio system - are electrifying and compassionate creations, populated by all manner of humanity: beatniks, hippies, businessmen, actors, housewives, strippers, club owners, gangsters, children. Cassavetes has often been called an actor's director, but this body of work - even greater than the sum of its extraordinary parts - shows him to be an audience's director.

Films Include:

  • Shadows
  • Faces
  • A Woman under The Influence
  • The Killing Of A Chinese Bookie - 1976 Version
  • The Killing Of A Chinese Bookie - 1978 Version
  • Opening Night


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Jul 18 2013
  • Production Year 1959
  • Empire SKU 1662417
  • UPC Code 715515111713
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Custom
  • Number of Discs 5
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English


A Constant Forge: The Life And Art Of John Cassavetes - A 200 Minute Documentary By Charles Kiselyak
Interviews With Actor Lelia Goldoni And Associate Producer Seymour Cassel About Shadows
Silent Footage From The Cassavetes-Lane Drama Workshop, From Which Shadows Emerged
Restoration Demonstration For Shadows
Alternate Eighteen-Minute Opening Sequence For Faces
Episode Of The French Television Series Cineastes De Notre Temps From 1968, Dedicated To Cassavetes
Making "Faces", A Documentary Featuring Interviews With Actors Cassel, Lynn Carlin, and Gena Rowlands and Director Of Photography Al Ruban
Al Ruban On Lighting And Shooting Faces, a New Program
Audio Commentary For A Woman Under The Influence By Sound Records and Composter Bo Harwood and Camera Operator Mike Ferris
Conversation Between Rowlands And Actor Peter Falk And Ruban Discussing The Killing Of A Chinese Bookie
Conversation Between Rowlands and Gazzara About Opening Night
Interview With Ruban About Opening Night
Three Audio Interview With Cassavetes From The 1970s
Stills And Poster Galleries
Booklet Featuring Essays By Gary Giddins, Kent Jones, Kiselyak, Stuart Klawans, Dennis Lim, and Philip Lopate, Writing By And Interviews With Cassavetes and Tributes to the Filmmaker By Director Martin Scorsese, Actor and Writer Elaine Kagan, Cassavetes's Former Secretary and Novelist Jonathan Lethem


  • Audio
    English DTS-HD MA Mono
  • Video
    Standard 1.33:1 B&W
    Widescreen 1.78:1 Color

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