Tuesday, April 12, 2011

John Cassavetes: Assignment Response

Victor G.

1. Can you detect any traces of Cassavetes style or sensibility, as it appears in "A Woman Under the Influence," in this episode? If yes, explain the commonalities you see; if no,explain the differences in tone and treatment.

There are few similarities. How calm he looked while saying his lines made it feel real. He makes a certain look when he is puzzled that I think is recognizable in both films. But there are certainly some differences, In the TV show he didn’t change the tone of his voice at all, not much emotion in it besides playing cool. In A Woman Under the Influence he is a completely different person. His character has a lot of personality and made watching him enjoyable. Seeing the different emotional roles he was playing was very believable.

2. The format of a private eye TV show has to follow a formula to some degree -- in his independent films, Cassavetes tried to break away from the idea of formula. Why do you think Cassavetes wanted to break away from formula, and what do you think are some of the pros and cons of working within a formula?

In his clip about television sucks it shows a lot about him. In how he doesn’t want to be just another TV show or film. Not just and other film where they blow your head open then that’s all. He wants to make a film that make you think and dive into the story. Pros and cons about working with a formula. Well with a formula you follow the steps and once you’re out of steps you’re done and bam a finished product similar to all others that used the same formula. Not much space to mess around with. But when you stay off the formula you get the chance to explore you thoughts and ideas. The final product may take longer without the steps to guide you but it will be your own and not just another answer to the formula.

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