"We need love like food, water and air and we don’t know how to get it. And that’s our struggle."

- John Cassavetes (via man-of-prose)


    Cassavetes on Cassavetes.

"… sometimes I thought about her fighting and I would think, “Why doesn’t she just accept being a woman and be glad about it? Why doesn’t she stop asking herself all these questions? Why be so pig-headed and only see one side of things?” If only she had a sense of humor!’ I thought, ‘Go out. Enjoy yourself. Have a good time. Find a man, spend the night together. Do something, for God’s sake!’ But she hangs onto what she feels is important to her in spite of all the unpleasantness it creates. That’s what makes her so special. She hangs onto her ideas. And in the end she’s proven right. Though there’s no real need to do it. In the end, she doesn’t even get anything. She only gets what makes her happy. I find that moving.”
— John Cassavetes from Cassavetes on Cassavetes


Love Streams (1984)


Love Streams (1984)


Artists in Action: John Cassavetes and Shafi Hadi during the recording of Charles Mingus’ original score to Cassevetes’ 1959 directorial debut film Shadows.

"You go to Italy and you look at Michelangelo’s work, and there are people saying: “Come on, let’s go, I can’t stand it.” And it doesn’t lessen the achievement of what he has done. It just says that everyone is not going to be ensnared by your particular art, and I don’t think that’s an unhealthy thing. But American society says: wait a minute, if that happens you won’t get a chance to make another film, therefore you must make your films more accessible to people so that they will like it.
I think one thing is really apparent: a really good film will be accepted by the great majority of people. Not that there haven’t been good films. I just think that the approach to making films has been so chicken, because of the financial difficulty in raising money so that you won’t be in debt for the rest of your life.
Making a film is extremely expensive. The only way you can make one is by having a basic disrespect for money…."

- John Cassavetes, ‘75 (via mizoguchi-mane)

John Cassavetes in “Crime in the Streets” (1956) 


- I love you, mom.

- I love you, spaghetti.