JOHN CASSAVETES TRIBUTE (3)

ΗΠΑ/USA, 1959, μ/α/b&w
Σκην./Dir.-Σεν./Scr.: John Cassavetes. Φωτ./Cin.: Erich Kollmar. Μοντ./Ed.: John Cassavetes, Maurice McEndree. Μουσ./Mus.: Shafi Hadi. Ηθ./Cast: Ben Carruthers, Lelia Goldoni, Hugh Hurd. Παρ./Prod.: Maurice McEndree. Sales: . Διάρκεια/Dur.: 81΄.

Benny's a hipster, moving in and out of Manhattan's beat scene, aimless, maybe close to trouble. His sister Lelia, who looks less African-American than White, is vulnerable and about to fall in love. Hugh, their older brother, is a struggling singer whose agent, Rupert, may be the only person with faith in his talent. The story moves back and forth, like jazz, among the three of them and their separate lives. Lelia meets Tony, and lets herself hope this is true love. Then he meets Hugh and prejudice gives Tony an excuse to cut and run. Can family and friendship bring solace for her hurt, purpose for Benny, and belief in Hugh?

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ΗΠΑ/USA, 1977, εγχρ./col.
Σκην./Dir.-Σεν./Scr.: John Cassavetes. Φωτ./Cin.: Al Ruban. Μοντ./Ed.: Tom Cornwell. Μουσ./Mus.: Bo Harwood. Ηθ./Cast: John Cassavetes, Gena Rowlands, Ben Gazzara. Παρ./Prod.: Al Ruban, Faces Distribution. Sales: . Διάρκεια/Dur.: 144΄.

Renowned actress Myrtle Gordon is in final rehearsals for her latest play and her behavior, is causing problems for all those involved with the show. She insists that she cannot relate to the plight of her character, a woman dealing with the loss of her youth. In reality, middle aged Myrtle is seemingly unwilling to admit that she too is getting old. Things take a further downward spiral when Myrtle witnesses the accidental death of one of her adoring fans, seventeen year old Nancy. From that point on she begins to see visions of Nancy. Will the artist inside her be able to take control of her life, before  opening night?

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ΗΠΑ/USA, 1976, εγχρ./col.
Σκην./Dir.-Σεν./Scr.: John Cassavetes. Φωτ./Cin.: Al Ruban. Μοντ./Ed.: Tom Cornwell. Μουσ./Mus.: Bo Harwood. Ηθ./Cast: Ben Gazzara, Timothy Carey, Seymour Cassel. Παρ./Prod.: Al Ruban, Faces Distribution. Sales: . Διάρκεια/Dur.: 135΄.

Cosmo Vitelli owns the Crazy Horse West, a strip joint in California. He's laconic, a Korean War vet, and a gambler. When we meet him, he's making his last payment on a gambling debt. Then, he promptly loses $23,000 playing poker at an illegal local casino. The guys he owes this time aren't so friendly, pressuring him for immediate payment. Then they suggest that he kills a Chinese bookie to wipe off the debt. The film captures the double-crossings of night-life, the murderous insincerity of the gamblers as well as the friendship, tenderness, and love among Vitelli and the dancers, the waiters and the club's singer, Mr. Sophistication.

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