John Cassavetes engages with film noir in his own inimitable style with Ben Gazzara brilliantly portrays a gentleman’s club owner, Cosmo Vitelli, desperately committed to maintaining a facade of suave gentility despite the seediness of his environment.
Gena Rowlands and John Cassavetes were married April 9, 1954, they have had four children together. Rowlands is known for THE SKELETON KEY, HOPE FLOATS, and THE NOTEBOOK.
John Cassavetes, while primarily known to most of the public as a veteran character actor, left behind his greatest artistic legacy as an independent filmmaker with a unique voice and vision. This legacy was a small one unfortunately, with Cassavetes writing and directing only 11 films before his untimely death in 1989 at age 59. It pains one to think of the ground-breaking work Cassavetes could still be doing today, with the advent of technology such as 4K digital cameras, which would bring his cinema-verite-style films to life with even greater clarity. John Cassavetes didn't do anything by the book, and conversely there is no instruction booklet or owner's manual by which one can make their own Cassavetes-style film, although many have tried. Most wind up falling short in the extreme. Fortunately, his films survive him, all of which have been lovingly restored for home video.