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3 things about Don Siegel’s THE KILLERS

The Killers [1964] 1. Reagan’s hair in 1964 is exactly how it would look for the rest of his life. 2. “If I knew you were coming I would have burned the place down.” 3. He says, “Lady, I don’t … Continue reading

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3 things about John Cassavetes’ THE KILLING OF A CHINESE BOOKIE (1978 version)

The Killing of a Chinese Bookie [1978] 1. Gambling debts: first “not just a piece of paper,” then “just paper.” 2. At the restaurant, an off color limerick. 3. What is the white goo in Mr. Sophistication’s hair? Greasepaint? 3 … Continue reading

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3 things about John Cassavetes’ OPENING NIGHT

Opening Night [1977] 1. Swiveling on the barstool, ready for a handshake. 2. “Look in the mirror. Am I beginning to look like Humphrey Bogart to you?” 3. Fractured sunglasses.

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3 things about John Cassavetes’ THE KILLING OF A CHINESE BOOKIE

The Killing of a Chinese Bookie [1976] 1. Graffiti backstage: SWAY. 2. “You gotta stop by the joint and pick up some beef.” 3. A sea green shirt, open at the neck. And a lot of chest hair.

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3 things about John Cassavetes’ A BUNCH OF BANANAS

A Bunch of Bananas [1975] 1. He starts stomping around the room in a rage. She joins in, then takes his hand. They begin an impromptu softshoe dance. 2. “What in God’s green … why in hell didn’t you tell … Continue reading

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3 things about John Cassavetes’ A WOMAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE

A Woman Under the Influence [1974] 1. At different moments, both Mabel and Nick ask someone what time it is without receiving an answer. 2. “Tell me what you want me to be, I can be anything.” 3. He can’t … Continue reading

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3 things about John Cassavetes’ FACES

Faces [1968] 1. The tear, poised to fall, remains in place. 2. “So, what have I got after all those years? A big house, a kooky wife, and a kid who wears sneakers.” 3. Smoker’s cough on the stairs.

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