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Study of a Selected Director: Cassavetes

October 1, 2010

Film 231: Study of a Selected Director is once again taught by Professor Margulies, who will be focusing on the works of filmmaker John Cassavetes. For those of you who are unaware, a fair collection of his films are available for Instant Play on Netflix. Instant Play allows you to stream films online as you would youtube, except that the video quality is much better.

Cassavetes’ Films on Instant Play

  • Shadows
  • Faces
  • Husbands
  • Minnie and Moskowitz
  • A Woman Under the Influence
  • The Killing of a Chinese Bookie
  • Opening Night

From what I can remember we’ve screened all of these films in class when I took this course previously. Watching these films on Instant Play can be very handy if you need to refresh your minds for your midterm exam and/or your final paper that will be coming up this semester.

For those of you not in this course, but  just plain interested in looking up some of Cassavetes’ work be sure to check it out. My personal favorite is Gloria, a crime thriller where heroine Gena Rowlands goes on a gun rampage to protect an eight year old boy from the mob. Gloria, however, is not available for Instant Play. God, I love Gena Rowlands.

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