Cinema: An Anodyne to Loneliness

In any film by John Cassavetes, the acting is all. The emotional force and conviction of his performers shape and generate the story. Where most film makers require their actors to conform to the demands of the camera. Cassavetes allows his actors considerable freedom to improvise; the camera is always at their service. This technique gives his films a slightly fractured appearance, but it achieves a unique degree of reality. No American film maker deals so lavishly or so lovingly with people in their every aspect.

Cassavetes' earlier Faces and Husbands dealt with the terrible toll exacted by emotional commitment. Minnie and...

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