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A Constant Forge (2000)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography, Romance
A look at the life, times, and art of independent film pioneer John Cassavetes through interviews with his family, friends, and admirers of his work.




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A long look at John Cassavetes's films, life (1929-1989), and exploration of how people love. The documentary is composed of Cassavetes's words spoken by an off-screen narrator, clips from his films, photos and clips of him on and off the set, and family, friends, and colleagues talking about his films and what it was like to work with him. The movie explores his focus on emotion, the way he drew out actors, his collaborative process, his energy and joie de vivre, his serious purposes, and the meaning and lasting impact of his work: how adults behave, interact, and seek love rather than how a plot works out. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A Constant Forge: The Life and Art of John Cassavetes  »

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One of writer/director Sean Baker's favorite films. See more »


Lyrics by John Cassavetes
Music by Bo Harwood, Anthony Harris
Sung by Jack Sheldon
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Could have been a great film if it was the whole truth
15 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just watched A Constant Forge, and after reading Cassavetes on Cassavetes, I'd have people read the book before they see this film to get the "whole" truth about Cassavetes. The big problem with the doc is that everyone has nothing but good things to say about John. No one has anything to say thats bad about him. It paints him as an angel. For those that have read Cassavetes on Cassavetes, or knows anything about John at all, you know that he's far from the angel that this doc paints him as. I did give the film 4 stars just for the fact that there is some good behind the scenes footage that is worth seeing, but for the real truth about Cassavetes I'd look to the books that Ray Carney has wrote about him.

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