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Anything for John (1993)

An intimate portrait of actor-writer-director John Cassavetes and a loving tribute to his genius for studying and depicting the human character. In-depth, candid interviews with his wife ... See full summary »
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Credited cast:
John Cassavetes ... (archive footage)
Seymour Cassel
Peter Falk
Samuel Fuller
Ben Gazzara ... Himself
Lelia Goldoni
Hugh Hurd Hugh Hurd
Gena Rowlands ... Herself
Al Ruban Al Ruban
Sam Shaw Sam Shaw
Michael Ventura Michael Ventura
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An intimate portrait of actor-writer-director John Cassavetes and a loving tribute to his genius for studying and depicting the human character. In-depth, candid interviews with his wife and muse Gena Rowlands as well as his most trusted friends and co-workers like Peter Falk, Ben Gazzara, Seymour Cassel, etc. Clips from Cassavetes' greatest films, and many rare photos illustrate this touching documentary. Written by Anonymous

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France | USA

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English

Release Date:

6 September 1993 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Cassavetes: Anything for John See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Alternate Versions

A version with alternate editing, different music and film clips, and extra interview footage was put together in 1998 and is the one most widely in circulation today. In addition, hour-long versions of both these cuts seem to have been sold to some TV networks. The original versions both run 90 minutes, and the 1993 version is superior to the 1998 version. They are easy to differentiate as the original '93 film has a clip from The Dirty Dozen which was cut out in the '98 version. See more »

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A Mixed Bag--Good as far as it goes, but....
18 April 2002 | by artistandreaderSee all my reviews

Why are there so few good documentaries about artists? Either they focus on the life and ignore the work; or they turn into The Lives of the Saints--his struggle from depression and drugs into Nirvana. This film is a bit on the Hollywood Hagiography side. Cassavetes is idolized. And we never really get his soul OR his life. Just a series of interview clips with others. Still it's better than nothing.

If you really want to know about Cassavetes' life and art, his heart,soul, mind, and blood, sweat, and tears, you'll have to buy a book called Cassavetes on Cassavetes by Ray Carney. It's Cassavetes' real spiritual autobiography. The unknown story in his own words, told in his own voice. It's more than five hundred pages for very little money. And it has great photos too.

And there are also some terrific web sites, especially one by Carney the guy who wrote the book. His site has extensive quotes from the filmmaker and excerpts from his statements about his films--just what is missing from this documentary. You can find it with Cassavetes name in any search engine. Read the Cassavetes on Cassavetes book before or after you view this documentary and you'll get a deeper view of Cassavetes the man and the artist. But alone this is a little on the thin, and gushy, side.


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