Cassavetes’ Shadow 2013: Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominee Discussion and Screening
Co-Presented by the New York Times Film Club.
In 1980, naturalist filmmaker John Cassavetes broke from his turf of yearning family drama to create what was, in effect, a new sub-genre the raw power of which is as inspirational as anything else he ever did. Gloria may be the first feminist noir in cinema history, and Gena Rowlands uncorked her reserves of movie-star sizzle and stoniness as the title character, the former mob mistress who takes it on the lam with Phil (John Adames), a six-year-old who carries a vital piece of information the mobsters want. Gloria departed from feminine archetypes by making its protagonist tough, able, and uncomfortable around kids; at no point does she request audience sympathy. Cassavetes, it has been said, knocked out the script as a cynical exercise to generate some cash. Rowlands made him direct it; he injected it with his requisite, angsty grit, and she got an Oscar nomination in the bargain.
Sean Baker (Starlet) and Ava DuVernay (Middle of Nowhere) nominated for the 2013 Film Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award will be on hand to discuss their films before the screening.
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