Cassavetes on Cassavetes Edited by Ray Carney. London and New York: Faber and Faber, Second Edition. Shadows by Ray Carney. John Cassavetes: Lifeworks by Tom Charity. As nearly as I can remember, I had two opportunities to meet John Cassavetes in the flesh, both times in New York, and I deliberately passed on both of them.
John Cassavetes - Cinema and Media Studies - Oxford Bibliographies
At the beginning of Citizen Kane the dying Charles Foster Kane whispers the word "Rosebud," and a reporter scurries about for a few days and pieces together his life story from the two syllables. If only life were as simple as the movies. In the late s, a few years before John Cassavetes' death, I had a series of "Rosebud" conversations with him. The American independent film-maker told me things about his life and work that he had never previously revealed. Our discussions covered a lot of territory, but one of the things I spent the most time querying him about was the fate of alternative versions of his films.
This page describes Ray Carney's seventeen-year search for the long-lost first version of Shadows and his almost unbelieveable luck in finding the print. To read about how and why Cassavetes made two versions of the film, go to the Shadows section of the "Films of John Cassavetes Pages" or click here and here for additional information. You may then follow the other links in the top menu on those pages to learn more about Shadows.
To read about Ray Carney's discovery of the long-lost first version of Shadows , click here. To read about the response of the world's press to the Shadows discovery, click here. To read about Gena Rowlands's response to Prof.