Cassavetes, John

Early signed portrait of the famed actor, teacher, director, screenwriter, and pioneer of American independent films

Price: $150.00

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John Cassavetes (1929-1989) Greek-American actor, director, and screenwriter, a pioneer of US independent films, writing and directing over a dozen movies, which he partially self-financed, and pioneered the use of improvisation and a cinema verite style. He also acted in many films, notably “Rosemary’s Baby” (1968) and “The Dirty Dozen” (1967). He studied acting utilizing an alternative to method acting which privileged character over traditional narrative. His income from acting allowed him to direct his own films independently. Cassavetes was nominated for 3 Oscars: Best Supporting Actor (“The Dirty Dozen”, 1967), Best Original Screenplay (“Faces”, 1968) and Best Director (“A Woman under the Influence”, 1974). He graduated in 1950 from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts where he met Gena Rowlands; they married in 1954. He continued acting in the theater, in films and television. By 1956, he was teaching an alternative to method acting in his own NYC workshop; an improvisation exercise there inspired his writing and directing debut in “Shadows” (1959; 1st version 1957), and raised funds for production to make a film different from Hollywood studio productions. He could not get US distribution of “Shadows”, which won the Critics Award at the Venice Film Festival; European distributors later released it in the US as an import. Cassavetes played bit-parts in B films and TV series until gaining fame in 1955 in “The Night Holds Terror” and in the live TV drama, “Crime in the Streets”, reprising his role in a 1956 film. His 1st film starring role was “Edge of the City” with Sidney Poitier (1957) then did “Saddle the Wind” with Robert Taylor. In the late 50s, he played the title role in “Johnny Staccato”, a series about a jazz pianist also a private detective, directing 5 episodes of the 1959-60 series. He directed 2 Hollywood films in the early 60s, “Too Late Blues” (1961) and “A Child is Waiting” (1963) with Burt Lancaster & Judy Garland. In 1962–63, he was on CBS’ “The Lloyd Bridges Show”, directing 2 episodes. In 1963–64, he appeared in 2 ABC dramas. In 1964, he relocated to California and made independent films. Acting roles included “The Killers” (1964), “Devil's Angels” (1967), “The Dirty Dozen”, “Rosemary’s Baby” and “The Fury” (1978). “Faces” (1968), the 2nd film directed and independently financed by him, was nominated for 3 Oscars (Best Original Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting actress). In 1970, he directed and acted in “Husbands”, then directed “Minnie and Moskowitz” (1971). For “A Woman under the Influence” (1974), Rowlands was nominated for Best Actress and he for Best Director. He directed “Gloria” (1980) with Rowlands who earned another Best Actress nomination. After receiving a prognosis that he had 6 months to live, he made “Love Streams” (1984, his last film) which won the Golden Bear at the 34th Berlin International Film Festival. He died from cirrhosis of the liver in 1989. 10 x 8 SP, b&w glossy portrait with intense expression signed with sentiment on lower white border.

Condition: Very good, some minor ink skipping from fountain pen use on glossy surface
Type:Photograph






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