"When I began Faces I was bugged about marriage. I’ve always been against the institution of marriage. Not my marriage. Gena and I have always disagreed out in the open, we never hold back. But I was bugged about the millions of middle-class marriages in the United States that just sort of glide along. Couples married ten, fifteen years, husbands and wives who seem to have everything - big house, two cars, maid, teenage kids - but all these creature comforts have made them passive. Underneath, there’s this feeling of desperateness because they can’t connect. I would see married couples who had nothing to do with one another in their lives. If their tastes coincided they felt that they were quite remarkable in their marriage. And people would say, ‘Oh they’re so wonderful together’. But they come home, they just look at each other and say, ‘How are you?’ How was the day? What happened?’ and they have no love. The picture was a plea for returning to some kind of real communication. Most couples aren’t even aware that they can’t communicate. The whole point of Faces is to show how few people really talk to each other. These days, everybody is supposed to be so intelligent: ‘Isn’t it terrible about Nixon getting elected?’ Did you hear about the earthquake in Peru?’ And you’re supposed to have all the answers. But when it gets down to the nitty-gritty, like, ‘What is bugging you, mister? Why can’t you make it with your wife? Why do you lie awake all night staring at the ceiling? Why, why, why do you refuse to to recognize your problems and deal with them?’ The answer is the people have forgotten how to relate or respond. In this day of mass communications and instant communications, there is no communication between people. Instead it’s long-winded stories or hostile bits, or laughter. But nobody’s really laughing. It’s more a hysterical, joyless kind of sound. Translation: ‘I am here and I don’t know why.’"

- John Cassavetes (via nattym29)


Love Streams (1984) Dir. John Cassavetes


When I left the theatre I spent the whole day haunted. It made me look at the world in a different way: seeing the details, seeing the people differently. The whole film is like a giant window into another person’s soul and it doesn’t close after you see it.

Gena Rowlands’s performance is the greatest performance I’ve ever seen on film. As a director it’s a deal breaker for me if the actor isn’t good, or as real as possible, and that comes from watching this film. To me, an actor will always be a partner rather than a pawn. Cassavetes always wanted to be surprised by his actors. He’d keep them off balance and tell them not to stay on book but to paraphrase and improvise. He was an actor’s best friend, and that’s what I learned from him. I’ll always be an actor’s director.


- John Cameron Mitchell on A Woman Under the Influence (x)

Anonymous asked: HI there, I am looking for John Cassavetes scripts or transcripts. Do you know where I could get them as pdf? Thank you!

I have the screenplays for Gloria, Minnie and Moskowitz, and A Woman Under the Influence. I can send them thru e-mail.


"I’m from the one-two-kick school of acting and this movie threw me for a loop at first. I’ve been in over 90 movies, but none of them has been like this. You never know where the camera is; Cassavetes follows you around the corner, into the phone booth, under the bed, everywhere. I couldn’t tell when the actors were having a private conversation and when they were actually changing the lines of the script. They were always so natural. I must say, it’s lovely not having to stick to all the author’s ifs, ands and buts."
Joan Blondell on Opening Night

"There are a few performances that have always been huge inspirations for me as an actor. After I was already in it, and doing work, I saw A Woman Under the Influence. I think I was about 15. […] It’s a tough character that wasn’t easy to love until the end and that’s sort of not common for a starring role. It’s always somebody who overcomes something, like who runs away from her like, husband that beats her up, something like that, you know, it’s always something that’s a little bit easier and more obvious to relate to."


Kristen Stewart on A Woman Under the Influence (x)

It has been said that her favorite filmmaker is John Cassavetes and her favorite film is A Woman Under the Influence. 

“My characters aren’t crazy, it’s just that they have a different dream. A different thing that they wanted out of life, and they’re confused as to why it doesn’t happen. And how they found themselves in this position where they’re marching out of step to everyone else.” ―Gena Rowlands

(via danceforinspiration)