Cinema: Method Moll


Directed and Written by John Cassavetes

What Method actor would not love to work with John Cassavetes? His films (Shadows, Faces, A Woman Under the Influence) are actors' showcases. His camera waits patiently for the smallest behavioral tic or the grandest explosion of dynamite acting. The characters he creates are compulsive talkers, walkers, smokers, prowling the urban nightscape, their lives a cacophonic symphony of desperation, their aggressions spilling out like a Bowery bum's shirttail. Cassavetes encourages openness, improvisation, the primacy of being over performing. An actor prepares, and the moviegoer watches, and...

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