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A Constant Forge: The Life and Art of John Cassavetes

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Charles Kiselyak's candid biographical documentary on the life and work of filmmaker John Cassavetes.

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  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000SSJMWG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,531 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By mr. contrarian on July 16, 2012
Not all Cassavetes films are great, but they're all unique. This documentary explains and expounds upon his work in a very revealing way (sometimes in his own words.) Before watching this, make sure you've at least seen "Woman Under The Influence" because it sort of encapsulates all the themes and complexities he ever hoped to confront the viewer with. This is a guy that sacrificed all concerns with money and fame to do something he felt was important...to reveal the most hidden parts of the human soul, as corny as that sounds 40 years later.
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This documentary features a filmmaker who plumbed the depths of the human psyche. Cassavetes...a man unafraid to tackle subjects such as human weaknesses and vulnerability, human multiplicity, and ambiguity. This work is a solid, insightful look at the life of, but more so, the work of John Cassavetes. Footage of Cassavetes and his films are interspersed with musings from co-workers such as Peter Falk, Ben Gazzara, Gena Rowlands, and Seymour Cassel. They discuss how he pushed their limits and what they experienced while working for him. This film honors his hard-working ethic and his daring film contributions. It honors a disciple of spontaneity as well as a man driven by his limitations. It's a lot to absorb, but it's time well spent.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By csdouglas on December 29, 2012
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I bought this a year ago used on amazon and it was a great buy for $5, especially if you're a diehard Cassavetes fan like myself. I would suggest that a newcomer to the auters work view a few of his monumental films ( Husbands, A Woman Under The Influence, Faces...) before watching this 3 hour plus retrospective of a man who practically birthed the idea of independent film.

My only gripe with the documentary is the lacking of behind the scenes and interview footage with Cassavetes himself but the rest of the interviews with his friends and collaborators is very intimate, sentimental, and shines a light on a filmmaker who was truly underappreciated in his time.

I also recommend the book Cassavetes on Cassavetes.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Max on October 22, 2013
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This is a great documentary done incredibly artistically and covers the life and ideas of a very interesting filmmaker and artist.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gerald Palladino on February 23, 2014
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I own the complete collection of Criterions and buy every one released, but this one was overlooked. I found it, and now it's part of my collection.
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