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Cassavetes Directs: John Cassavetes and the Making of Love Streams

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In 1983 visionary director John Cassavetes asked journalist Michael Ventura to write a unique film study-an on-set diary of the making of his film Love Streams. Cassavetes laid out his expectations. He wanted "a daring book, a tough book". In Ventura's words, "All I had to do for 'daring' and 'tough' was transcribe this man's audacity day by day." Full of insight into not ...more
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Published April 1st 2008 by Oldcastle Books (first published April 1st 2007)
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adam
Aug 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Michael Ventura was an LA Weekly author given the privilege of chronicling John Cassavetes during the making of "Love Streams," the last movie John made before his death. It's a great movie, if a difficult one, and the book is an excellent companion piece. But I think Ventura's work also stands by itself as a portrait of an artist late in his life, and as a tribute to a truly exceptional human being. I don't know if someone unfamiliar with the subject would enjoy this, but I loved it.
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Nov 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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A great book, and a unique insight into a director's work- and I'm loving the craziness of it all on top of that :D. I watched the movie "Love Streams" while I read the book, coming back to scenes when they were mentioned in the book- that helped me a lot to understand what exactly was happening on the set. Wonderful book!
Thomas W. Grande
Jan 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Learnt a lot about Cassavetes - Not only a great film-maker, but also a true philosopher. Philosophically, I saw many similarities between him and myself - such as the desire for secrets.
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Michael Ventura is the author of WE'VE HAD A HUNDRED YEARS OF PSYCHOTHERAPY AND THE WORLD'S GETTING WORSE (with James Hillman) and LETTERS AT 3A.M.--REPORTS ON ENDARKENMENT. THE ZOO WHERE YOU'RE FED TO GOD is the first book of a trilogy titled THE TIGER, THE ROCK AND THE ROSE. Ventura has also embarked on a series of novels about Las Vegas. He divides his time between Austin and Los Angeles.

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